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Steven Braatz, M.D.

Associate Scholar

Dr. Braatz is a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician who lives in northern California with his wife, Lori, who is a retired labor and delivery nurse. They both work in Susanville, California and have three grown children. Dr. Braatz retired from the Navy in 2008 after serving as the chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and also serving with the Marine Corps First Medical Battalion in Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), and the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He serves on the board of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, and has written op-ed pieces for newspapers, magazines, and pro-life websites. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness and testified in the legislature on pro-life issues. He was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2008 for his medical missions work in West Africa. Dr. Braatz teaches Confirmation class and organizes youth activities at his parish, and he and his wife both volunteer with Teen Challenge, an organization providing Christ-centered outreach and recovery to those struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

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 […]

  • Q&A with the Scholars: Conscience and Reason in Health Care | September 21, 2018

    Steven Braatz, M.D. is a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician. He retired from the Navy in 2008 where he served as Chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at the Naval Medical Center. He is a board member of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has written op-ed pieces for newspapers, magazines, and pro-life websites. In this […]