February 26, 2016

Headline Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ROGER SEVERINO

Roger Severino is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage in 2015, Mr. Severino was a trial attorney for seven years in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division where he enforced the Fair Housing Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and Title II and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has litigated cases under sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, and familial status discrimination and served as the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section’s E-discovery officer as well as attorney advisor to the fair housing testing program. Mr. Severino was previously chief operations officer and legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Mr. Severino holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, received a master’s degree in public policy, with highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University, and has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California, where he was a National Merit Scholar.

STEVEN MOSHER

Mr. Steven Mosher of the Population Institute will speak on the prospective end of China’s One (now Two) Child Policy.  As birth rates in China plummet, the Chinese Communist Party is preparing to turn women into breeding machines.   So the focus of the talk would be China, but then close on the fact that birthrates in the U.S. have just hit historic lows. Steven has a new book out on Amazon and it is called Bully of Asia.

SUE ELLEN BROWDER

Despite training at MU’s School of Journalism as a reporter, Sue Ellen Browder worked for Cosmopolitan Magazine helping write what she now says was propaganda used to sell the sexual revolution and abortion to single girls at the behest of infamous ‘Cosmo’ editor, Helen Gurley Brown. In recent years, her reporter’s penchant for in-depth research, coupled with her willingness to engage in some honest self-reflection, resulted in her book “Subverted—How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.” In it she documents  the purposeful campaign of misinformation that led to legal abortion in America, and the heartbreak of abortion in her own life. Those she knew then included Betty Friedan and Lawrence Lader, the abortion extremist whose book was used to influence the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote Roe vs. Wade. She also reports that Friedan didn’t start out pro-abortion, but was convinced by Lader of that women could not gain equality in education or the workplace without abortion. Browder was actually at the D.C. meeting where key feminists and abortion supporters formally joined together. Now a pro-life Christian, her clear-eyed look back, and courageous look forward, offer inspiration to individuals, and a culture, that continues to suffer from the unholy alliance of the “women’s” movement and abortion.

NICK SEARCY

Director of Gosnell: America’s Greatest Serial Killer

JOHN SULLIVAN

Producer of Gosnell: America’s Greatest Serial Killer