Today’s featured speaker at NRLC 2012







DOUGLAS JOHNSON has served as federal legislation director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) since 1981. The Federal Legislation Department is charged with advancing NRLC’s public policy goals in Congress and within the federal executive branch. Mr. Johnson has played a key role in many past pro-life battles in Congress. A profile of Mr. Johnson in National Review (September 3, 2001) was subtitled “The Most Effective Lobbyist in Washington.” According to another profile of Mr. Johnson that appeared in the magazine The Weekly Standard (March 26, 1996), “The proposed ban on ‘partial-birth’ abortions … is the work of one of Washington’s least well-known but most influential lobbyists,” who “commands enormous respect on Capitol Hill.” Mr. Johnson’s role in the development of the partial-birth abortion debate also was highlighted in the article “Gambling with Abortion” by Cynthia Gorney (Harper’s, November 2004). Mr. Johnson is the author of innumerable articles and essays on pro-life topics, including federal abortion laws, unborn victims of violence (fetal homicide), human cloning, the ERA, legal restrictions on free speech about political figures, and the ways in which the news media cover pro-life topics. Many of his writings are found on the NRLC website at He has given presentations on pro-life topics in settings as diverse as the National War College and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. On January 22, 2011, Mr. Johnson was one of six recipients of the prestigious Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Pro-Life Prize for 2009–10, conferred by the Massachusetts-based Gerard Health Foundation. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of four grown children.