Fr. Spitzer has been devoted to developing a comprehensive philosophy of the pro-life movement for twenty-five years. He has focused primarily on investigating the intellectual foundations for the pro-life position – from philosophy, political theory, and legal theory. He completed significant studies of abortion and active euthanasia from the vantage point of personhood, rights theory, philosophical principles, and the major categories of cultural discourse (happiness, purpose in life, ethics, suffering, love, freedom, justice, and the common good). In furtherance of this objective he has published two books has, dozens of scholarly articles, and three video series for EWTN television. He has also started two international institutes devoted to intellectual underpinnings of the culture of life. His two books are:
Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2000).
Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2011).
His two institutes are:
1. University Faculty for Life (with Fr. Thomas King, S.J., and Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J.), www.uffl.org in 1988. It is dedicated to collegiality, scholarship, and scientific research among pro-life faculty. It has held over twenty international academic conferences and published proceedings from each (life and learning).
2. Healing the Culture (with Camille Pauley), www.healingtheculture.com. This organization is devoted to preparing and facilitating high school and adult education curricula to promote a comprehensive pro-life philosophy.
His three EWTN series are:
• Healing the Culture (15 part series) -- 2002.
• Profiles in Faith – with Barbara McGuigan – 2012.
• Ten Universal Principles (which will appear on EWTN in 2013).
Fr. Spitzer has debated the active euthanasia movement on the Today Show, has appeared dozens of times on Catholic radio, and has been involved in several campaigns to stop active euthanasia initiatives. He is frequently consulted on these matters by media and political campaigns.