February 26, 2016

Headline Speakers

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ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH NAUMANN

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas in 2004, and became on January 15, 2005 the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City.  In 2015, he also served several months as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph.  Archbishop Naumann is Chair of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and currently serves as a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, USCCB Religious Liberty Committee, the USCCB Communications Committee, and the Sub Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.  In November 2017, Archbishop Naumann was elected to serve as the next Chair of USCCB Pro-Life Committee.  His three-year term as Pro-Life Chair begins in November 2018.  Archbishop Naumann also serves on the Board of National Committee for the Human Life Amendment, and is the Co-Chair for the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

 

Archbishop Naumann was ordained a priest in 1975. For 11 years of his priestly ministry, he served as a Pastor or Associate Pastor for parishes in the Inner City of St. Louis. In 1995, then Father Naumann was appointed by Archbishop Justin Rigali to serve as Vicar-General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  On September 3, l997, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis from 1997-2003.  In October, 2003, Bishop Naumann was elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

 

From 1984 to 1995, Archbishop Naumann served as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Coordinator in St. Louis.  During his term of leadership, Project Rachel and the Lifeline Coalition (a network of Catholic Hospitals, Pregnancy Centers, Birthrights, Shelters for Pregnant Women and Catholic Charities) were initiated in St. Louis.  Archbishop Naumann was a founding Board Member for the Vitae Foundation, an organization that creates highly researched Pro-Life messages for mass and social media.

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DR. GEORGE DELGADO

Dr. George Delgado is the medical director of APR and Culture of Life Services (COLFS) in San Diego County. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis and completed his residency at Santa Monica Hospital/UCLA. He is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, health care ethics, NaProTECHNOLOGY, and the Creighton Model for Natural Family Planning (NFP). He has been practicing family medicine since 1988.

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WESLEY SMITH, J.D.

WESLEY J. SMITH, J.D., is an award-winning author, an internationally renowned speaker, and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

His Human Exceptionalism blog, hosted by National Review Online, is one of the premier blogs dealing with human life and dignity.

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MELISSA OHDEN

 

MELISSA OHDEN is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she not only survived but has thrived. With a master’s degree in social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. Melissa was formerly a college outreach speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and before the Australian Parliament.  Melissa is on the board of directors for the Vitae Foundation, a national organization which uses media to advance a culture of life. In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN).  ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors.  Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 249 survivors. Melissa is the author of the award-winning book, You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir, which was released in January of 2017.

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DAN COMPTON

Dan Compton was born through the hands of one of the deadliest abortionists in American history. Despite receiving the gift of Life and loving parents through adoption, Dan rejected his family values as a teenager and walked a path that led to alcoholism, drug abuse, and unplanned pregnancy. While still contemplating the abortion of his first child, Dan experienced a powerful transformation in which his life was radically changed.

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SARAH ZAGORSKI

SARAH ZAGORSKI is the special projects director for Louisiana Right to Life. She previously served as the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, and was a staff writer for LifeNews.com. In 2012, she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in communications and biblical studies. Sarah was rescued from abortion and often shares her story of survival, hope, and healing. She was adopted at age nine by a loving family dedicated to the pro-life movement after spending seven and a half years in the Louisiana Foster Care system. Sarah and her husband, David, and young son, Jesse, reside in New Orleans, Louisiana.