Clarke Forsythe

“Clarke Forsythe is senior counsel of Americans United for Life and the author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (Encounter Books 2013).  Abuse of Discretion has been favorably reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, First Things, World Magazine, National Review, the American Spectator, the National Catholic Register, Human Life Review, and other journals.  Jeffrey Rosen, President of the American Constitution Center, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "Abuse of Discretion provides a cautionary tale about the political and constitutional hazards of unnecessarily broad Supreme Court decisions.”

As Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, Clarke has been co-counsel for parties in three U.S. Supreme Court cases and has argued cases before federal and state appellate courts.  He has also testified before Congress and state legislatures.  Clarke has authored or co-authored nineteen professional legal articles on constitutional and bioethical issues. His latest, entitled, “The Medical Assumption at the Foundation of Roe v. Wade and Its Implications for Women’s Health,” was published by the Washington & Lee Law Review in 2014. His first book, Politics for the Greatest Good, which draws on lessons in political prudence from Thomas Aquinas, William Wilberforce, and Abraham Lincoln, was published by InterVarsity Press (IVP) in 2009.  Clarke has a B.A. from Allegheny College, a J.D. from Valparaiso University, and an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University. Clarke and his wife, Karen, married for 33 years, have five daughters.”