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Mary E. Harned, J.D.

Associate Scholar

Mary E. Harned served as an Investigative Counsel with the Select Investigative Panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she coauthored reports examining the fetal tissue industry. Formerly, Mary was Staff Counsel with Americans United for Life, where she authored numerous articles for Defending Life (AUL’s annual publication), op-eds, blog posts, congressional and state legislative testimony, and federal administrative comments. She also crafted original model legislation and supporting materials to aid state and federal legislators in advancing policy objectives within her expertise. Mary appeared in the media in her role at AUL, including Fox News, CBN, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, Lifenews, and numerous radio programs and print interviews.

Mary formerly served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), where she advised and assisted Dr. Coburn on policy issues within the Senate Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction and on all judicial nominations, including those of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, she served as a Counsel to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions  (R-AL) on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mary graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law, and received her B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama, where she served as president of the campus pro-life organization. Mary also served as a board member and counselor for the local pregnancy care center, and as Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama.

She lives with her husband and children in northern Virginia.

Latest Research & News

  • 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 […]

  • 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 November 11, 2020   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 […]

  • Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts | October 12, 2020

    This is Issue 53 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 53: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26, On Point Issue 29, On Point Issue 33.   Abortion advocates contend that the United States Supreme Court […]

  • FDA’s Race to Defend Women From Dangerous Drugs | August 19, 2020

    This is Issue 50 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 50: FDA’s Race to Defend Women From Dangerous Drugs   Abortion advocates—seeking to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to advance unfettered access to abortion-inducing drugs—found a friend in federal court.  In mid-July, Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued […]

  • “Medicare for All” Means “Abortion for All” | December 9, 2019

    This is Issue 38 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 38 Medicare for All Means Abortion for All.   Introduction   Advocates for taxpayer-funded abortion likely underestimated the backlash they would face when they attempted to include abortion funding and coverage in healthcare reform in 2010. […]

  • Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts | November 21, 2019

    This is Issue 37 in CLI’s On Point Series and update to Issue 33. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 37 Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   Introduction   Our nation’s highest court may soon clarify or modify federal abortion jurisprudence after agreeing to hear June Medical Services v. […]

  • Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts | July 12, 2019

    This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26 and On Point Issue 29. To view this report as a PDF, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   Introduction   While several states have appealed court decisions enjoining abortion restrictions to the United States Supreme Court, the Court has thus far failed to clarify or […]

  • Massachusetts HB 3320: Sweeping Away Commonsense Protections for Women and Children | July 1, 2019

    This is part of CLI’s On Point Series and appears as Issue 32. To view the report as a PDF, see: Massachusetts HB 3320: Sweeping Away Commonsense Protections for Women and Children   Executive Summary   The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering a proposal to further liberalize the law of abortion in the Bay State.  HB […]

  • Massachusetts’ Draconian Abortion Proposal | April 18, 2019

    This is part of CLI’s On Point Series and appears as Issue 31. To view the report as a PDF, see: Massachusetts’ Draconian Abortion Proposal.   Introduction   In the first few months of 2019, with the prospect of a Supreme Court that is more willing to defer to state judgments about abortion law, several […]

  • Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts | February 12, 2019

    This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26. To view this report as a PDF, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts. To view the most recent version, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts, On Point 33   Introduction   The challenged abortion laws that may be reviewed by the United […]

  • Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts | October 23, 2018

    This article has been updated. To view the most recent version, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts, On Point 33   Introduction   The challenged abortion laws that may arrive at the United States Supreme Court in the near future can be divided into three main groups: (I) Limitations on the availability of […]

  • Abortion Industry’s Latest Strategy Dismissed in Virginia Lawsuit | October 3, 2018

    Last week, a federal court held that a lawsuit challenging multiple pro-life laws in Virginia may proceed. However, the court rightfully dismissed the plaintiffs’ “cumulative undue burden” claim—the centerpiece of the abortion industry’s latest strategy to undermine laws written to protect unborn children and their mothers.   While it is common for abortion providers to […]