Austin Ruse

Austin Ruse, President of The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), speaking at the 2012 Bringing America Back to Life Symposium on: “The San Jose Articles” The San Jose Articles demonstrate that the unborn child is already protected in human rights international law and that governments should begin protecting the unborn child by using international law.

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Ruse or his team have participated in every major UN social policy negotiation since 1997 including the multi-year negotiations that created the International Criminal Court. He has briefed members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff. Ruse has also briefed senior government officials, journalists, Church and non-governmental leaders from around the world. He has appeared on a number of national cable network programs discussing UN and Catholic issues, including news programs on CNN, CBS News, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Ruse has published in First Things, Washington Times, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, Human Events, Touchstone, TheCatholicThing.org as well as newspapers around the world. He is a former foreign affairs commentator for EWTN’s weekly news broadcast The World Over hosted by Raymond Arroyo. He lectures widely on U.N. matters, appearing throughout the U.S., also in Canada, Latin America, the Far East and Europe. Ruse is a founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

Prior to helping to found C-FAM, Ruse spent many years in magazine publishing including Forbes, Fortune, the Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone. Mr. Ruse is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, and is a founding member of the Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel. Ruse is also a member of Sons of the American Revolution. In recognition of Ruse’s commitment and leadership in the effort to advance the sanctity of life he was awarded The Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award in 2010 by SpeakOut Illinois.

He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Missouri, and an Honorary Doctorate from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Mr. Ruse is married to the former Cathleen Cleaver, who is senior legal advisor to the Family Research Council. They have two daughters, Lucy and Gigi.