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Tom Shakely

Guest Contributor

Tom Shakely serves as Chief Engagement Officer at Americans United for Life, a national leader in advancing life-affirming law and policy.

Tom previously served as executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, whose Crisis Lifeline serves patients and families facing denial of basic care and which strives to awaken the conscience on human dignity and bioethical issues. He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the Knights of Columbus, and Democrats for Life, as well as a Sons of the American Revolution life member, a National Review Institute Washington fellow, and a Leonine Forum fellow. Tom serves as a board member for the Mount Nittany Conservancy as well as the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, and is a past member of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput’s Archdiocesan Pastoral Council in Philadelphia.

He holds a B.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University and a certificate from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Health Care Ethics.

Latest Research & News

  • Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion | May 16, 2022

    First published: February 2019 Last updated: May 16, 2022   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   What is a Late-Term Abortion?   “Late-term” abortion is an imprecise term, but under any “formal” definition offered or as accepted by the public at large late-term […]

  • “Unresponsive Wakefulness,” Explained Simply | May 15, 2018

    It’s a simple reality that many patients who are not actively dying are nonetheless described as facing “end of life” issues, often simply due to physical or cognitive disabilities.   This is particularly true for patients diagnosed with “Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome,” the terminology doctors and patient advocates increasingly prefer to the more pejorative “Persistent Vegetative […]

  • ‘Living Wills’ Should Foster a Patient’s Will to Live | March 6, 2018

    In late 2017 Italy’s Senate approved, in a 180-71 vote, legislation permitting patient-created Advance Directives. The law endorses a form of Advance Directives so permissive that Italians won’t simply be able to outline their health care wishes prior to possible incapacity, but in fact will be able to hasten their own deaths. Tragically, this appears […]