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Kristi Burton Brown, J.D.

Associate Scholar

Kristi Burton Brown is an attorney focusing on public policy and the First Amendment and sanctity of life issues. She is licensed in the State of California and admitted to the District of Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kristi has worked on pro-bono projects for Life Legal Defense Foundation, Live Action, Child Evangelism Fellowship’s parent organization, and Alliance Defending Freedom. Her first book, “Do Justice: Practical Ways to Engage Our World” was published in August 2017. Kristi has been involved in politics for over a decade, working on U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn’s inaugural campaign and as the co-sponsor and spokesperson for the nation’s first Personhood Amendment in Colorado. In her role as spokesperson, Kristi was featured and quoted in national outlets including U.S. News & World ReportNewsweek, and The Washington Post; she has also appeared on multiple radio and TV shows.

Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]

  • Science of Abortion Pill Reversal: Too Hard a Pill for Planned Parenthood to Swallow? | September 21, 2017

    When a woman regrets her original choice for abortion, she deserves information on other science-based options, writes Associate Scholar Kristi Burton Brown: When Amy Mendoza had a change of heart the day after she swallowed an abortion pill, a word she’d seen on Facebook flashed through her mind: “reversal.” She recalled a story she’d read on social […]

  • Q&A with the Scholars: Analyzing Pain-Capable Laws and Fetal Disposition | March 27, 2017

    Kristi Burton Brown, J.D., is an attorney focusing on First Amendment and sanctity of life issues. In this interview, she discusses the legal defensibility and value of pain-capable abortion prohibitions, as well as fetal disposition and laws governing that practice.

  • Written Testimony of Kristine Burton Brown, J.D., in Support of Missouri Pain-Capable Abortion Bill | March 23, 2017

    Missouri HB 908 would prohibit abortions after the point at which unborn children are capable of feeling pain. Kristi Burton Brown, J.D., submitted the following written testimony in support of HB 908.

  • Written Testimony of Kristine Burton Brown, J.D., in Support of Missouri Fetal Disposition Bill |

    Missouri HB 194 would regulate the disposition of fetal remains from abortion and ensure greater transparency and accountability on the part of abortion facilities. Kristi Burton Brown, J.D., submitted the following written testimony in support of HB 194.

  • Fetal Disposition: The Abuses and The Law | December 6, 2016

    With roughly 1.06 million abortions in the nation every year, abortion facilities have a need to dispose of approximately 2,700 baby bodies every day. This paper will examine the problems that occur when laws fail to hold abortion clinics accountable and when the clinics are allowed to choose methods of disposal that most benefit their businesses. It will also suggest a variety of changes that could be made to state laws to end some of the dangerous practices of the abortion industry.