Dr. George Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is the medical director of Culture of Life Family Health Care and a regional medical director with The Elizabeth Hospice. He practices family medicine, providing medical care that is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church for newborns, children and adults. Dr. Delgado is an NFP Medical Consultant trained in NaProTechnology. Additionally, he and the other members of the staff are available to counsel women who are in crisis pregnancies. Dr. Delgado published the first peer-reviewed article in the medical literature on the reversal of mifepristone (RU 486) using progesterone. He is the medical director of Abortion Pill Reversal. Dr. Delgado 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 and in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Delgado is a Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine. He completed the one-year Certification Program in Lealth Care Ethics offered by the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
He is an experienced, popular speaker who has made hundreds of presentations to a wide variety of audiences. His topics include Abortion Pill Reversal, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, cloning, other bioethical issues, abortion pill reversal, NaProTECHNOLOGY and natural family planning.
Rachel is an author and television personality specializing in political punditry, culture and parenting.
She is the national spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative, a non-profit that educates and advocates for the economic empowerment of Hispanics through limited government, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.
Rachel has a degree in Economics from Arizona State University’s Honors Program. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs with an emphasis on Economic Development in Latin America from the University of California, San Diego.
Rachel’s television credits are large and diverse. She got her television start on MTV’s iconic reality television show, The Real World. Currently, she is a recurring guest host on FOX News’ “Outnumbered” and on NBC’s Today Show where she does parenting and relationship segments. For 14 years was a recurring guest host on ABC’s The View. She is a frequent on-camera commentator on parenting, politics, and culture for popular shows such as the Dr. Phil Show, FOX & Friends, The Hannity Show, The Huckabee Show, The Steve Malberg Show, CNN, Politically Incorrect, and EWTN’s The World Over Live.
Rachel writes for a wide range of publications including National Review, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, Catholicvote.org, FOX News Latino, NBCLatino.com, CNN.com and TodayMoms.com among others.
Her book, published in 2009 by Penguin, is called “Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-home Motherhood”.
In 2008 Rachel co-hosted the series “Speaking of Women’s Health” on the Lifetime Network with the Legendary Florence Henderson.
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Congressman Sean Duffy and her seven awesome kids.
Bobby Jindal was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008.
He was elected Governor of Louisiana on October 20, 2007, with 54 percent of the vote in the primary, winning 60 of 64 parishes.
Jindal was born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Following his graduation from Brown he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar, having turned down admissions to medical and law schools at both Harvard and Yale.
In 1994, Jindal went to work for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies before entering public service. In 1996, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). There were many issues that needed resolving during his tenure, not the least of which was the growing deficit in Louisiana’s Medicaid program. During Jindal’s tenure as DHH Secretary, he rescued Louisiana’s Medicaid program from bankruptcy, childhood immunizations increased, Louisiana ranked third best nationally in health care screenings for children, and new and expanded services for elderly and disabled persons were offered.
In 1998, Jindal was appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. As Executive Director, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission, whose work continue to be the driving force behind much of the ongoing debate on how to strengthen and improve Medicare.
At the conclusion of the Commission’s work, Jindal was appointed President of the University of Louisiana System, the 16th largest higher education system in the country. While serving as President, Jindal worked to establish areas of excellence at each individual institution.
President George W. Bush appointed Jindal to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. In that position, he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. He later resigned from the position in 2003 to return to Louisiana and run for elected office for the first time. In that race, Jindal went from being a relatively unknown candidate for Governor, to receiving the most votes in the primary election and eventually 48 percent of the vote in runoff.
In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the First District of Louisiana. In Congress he was elected Freshman Class President and served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources. Bobby also served as Assistant Majority Whip. In his first term he passed a number of notable pieces of legislation and played an instrumental role in Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His noteworthy accomplishments include the passage of legislation to bring significant offshore energy revenues to Louisiana for the first time and legislation that keeps Federal Emergency Management Agency from taxing certain recovery grants as income.
Jindal and his wife Supriya have three young children.
John McCormack is a Senior Writer at The Weekly Standard, where he previously served as an Online Editor. He has appeared on FOX News and Real Time with Bill Maher. Some of his articles include: “Ban on Abortion After 20-Weeks Is Harry Reid’s ‘Worst Nightmare” and “Pelosi Can’t Explain Difference Between Gosnell Slayings and Late-Term Abortions.”
KEVIN ALLEN is chief operating officer of The Richard Norman Company, a direct mail advertising company, and works for Active Engagement, an Internet marketing company. He has been a direct-mail advertising professional for more than twenty years. Mr. Allen has raised funds for non-profits, pro-life groups, political party organizations, and political candidates in various states across the nation through direct mail, events, telemarketing, and the Internet. In 1992, he served as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. He has been active in the pro-life movement since 1985 when he formed a pro-life group while attending college. Currently, he is the treasurer of the Virginia Society for Human Life. He is married to fellow pro-life activist Michele Arocha Allen and has two children, Blake Allen, seventeen, and Shannon Allen, nine.
MICHELE AROCHA ALLEN has been involved in pro-life work for more than 25 years. In 1987, Ms. Allen joined a college pro-life group; within two years, she became a spokeswoman for the Texas Right to Life Committee. Ms. Allen worked in the NRLC Communications Department from 1991–97; in 1994, she became the department’s director. She managed NRLC’s media relations, advertising, and broadcast programs. She served as a spokeswoman for the organization and appeared on programs such as NBC’s Today, was interviewed for publications such as the New York Times, and wrote opinion pieces for journals including USA Today. In 1997, she became a consultant to NRLC, served on the board of the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), and served as vice president of the VSHL-Alexandria chapter. In 1999–2000, she served as a Respect Life coordinator in Chantilly, Virginia. Currently, she is the stay-at-home mom of two, Blake and Shannon. She volunteers for VSHL, and serves as a member of the NRLC board of directors.
DAVE ANDRUSKO is the father of four adult children, one grandchild and another on the way. He is the husband of Lisa Andrusko, the editor of the NRL Yearbook. A prolific writer, Mr. Andrusko has edited five books and written for newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and the National Catholic Register; magazines, such as First Things and Touchstone; and biomedical journals, including the Hastings Center Report. He came to National Right to Life in 1981 after working as a freelance writer, a campaign manager, and an advocate for the developmentally disabled. In November 2000, Mr. Andrusko began Today’s News & Views, a Monday through Saturday blog, subsequently replaced by the more comprehensive National Right to Life News Today (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org). Both serve to keep pro-lifers absolutely current on the latest in politics, education, legislation, and culture. Mr. Andrusko has taught an adult Sunday school class for 17 years and serves on his church’s Staff-Parish Committee and is a member of the Church Council. Dave and Lisa are the proud parents of Emily, a special education teacher; David, who works in security; Joanna, who works as a government contractor; and Louisa who works as a teacher’s assistant for special needs students.
ANDREW BAIR serves as the field coordinator for the National Right to Life Committee and is the program director for the NRL Academy. He writes frequently for LifeNews and the National Right to Life News. In the 2012 election cycle, Andrew directed NRLC’s activity in the swing state of Ohio. Previously, he served as education director and legislative assistant for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Andrew is a 2009 graduate of the NRL Academy and in the summer of 2010, he co-directed the program. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
BURKE BALCH, J.D., is director of the National Right to Life Committee’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. A graduate of Williams College and New York University School of Law, Mr. Balch deals with euthanasia-related issues, including assisting suicide; denial of lifesaving medical treatment, food, and fluids; and rationing. Mr. Balch has authored or
co-authored articles on assisting suicide, infanticide, euthanasia, rationing of medical care, and ethics committees. Prior to coming to NRLC, he worked on the federal Protection of Handicapped Infants project for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. During his career, Mr. Balch has served as chief staff counsel for the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, a legal services program that protects the rights of poor people, especially older people and people with disabilities, to be free of discriminatory denial of medical treatment. He is among the authors of the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. He has also served as parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians and a number of other organizations. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two children, Bridget and James.
MARY SPAULDING BALCH, J.D., is the director of National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in California and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Queens College, City University of New York. After working as a legislative counsel to New Hampshire Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey and as a trial attorney in New York City, Mrs. Balch was offered the opportunity to work full time on behalf of the unborn. She accepted the position working with National Right to Life and has been on staff since 1989 working with the National Right to Life Committee’s state affiliate to pass pro-life legislation and to defend anti-life measures. She and her husband, Burke, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with their two children, Bridget and James.
COMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL has been married to Mark for twenty-eight years. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren, the ninth, Bennett Crabtree, was born last September. Mrs. Bell was elected to the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners in November 2010, beating out five other candidates. As commissioner she represents over 200,000 residents. She was elected the vice chair of the Board of County Commissioners this year and will serve in that position for two years. She chairs the Economic Development and the Port Miami committees in Miami Dade County and is the liaison to the Sports Commission. Last year she oversaw a 6.3 billion dollar budget as chair of the County’s Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee. Mrs. Bell was elected mayor of Homestead in 2007, making her the first woman mayor in the city’s ninety-six-year history. She is the past president of Florida Right to Life and the Florida delegate to the National Right to Life board of directors, where she also serves as the vice chairwoman. She has won numerous awards and was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Homestead-Florida City Chamber of Commerce in 2004. She received the “I am Blessed Award” at the Dade County Days in Tallahassee in 2009. In 2012, in honor of Women’s History Month (March) she received honors/
awards for “Women First: Miami Women Who Led the Way,” “In the Company of Women,” and the “American Society for Public Administration.” Mrs. Bell has debated many issues for FRTL, including the authorization for the Choose Life license plate, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and partial-birth abortion. She has also appeared on many local and national television and radio programs. Mrs. Bell also mentors young women and is an adult Sunday school teacher.
JAMES BOPP, JR., J.D., general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee, is a member of The Bopp Law Firm with practice emphasis on not-for-profit corporate and tax law; campaign finance and election law; the biomedical issues of abortion, foregoing and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment, and assisted suicide; federal and state trial and appellate litigation; and United States Supreme Court practice. He has litigated extensively on these subjects, including arguing six cases before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bopp has testified before the numerous congressional committees and has published dozens of popular and law review articles on pro-life and First Amendment topics. Mr. Bopp is a former vice chairman of the Republican National Committee and a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. He previously served on the National Commission for UNESCO, on the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, on the Congressional Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, and on the National Institutes of Health’s Fetal Tissue Transplant Research Panel. He is also general counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and Special Counsel for the Republican National Committee. The National Law Journal recently recognized Mr. Bopp as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. He resides in Terre Haute, Indiana, with his wife, Christine. They have three grown daughters.
JOEL BRIND, Ph.D., is a biochemist who graduated Yale College in 1971, earned his doctorate in basic medical science from New York University in 1981, and has been, since 1986, a professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, where he is presently also deputy chairman for biology. Since coming across the link between abortion and breast cancer in 1992, Dr. Brind has been known mostly for his research effort in studying and promoting awareness of what has come to be known as the “ABC link,” compiling and publishing critical reviews on the subject in 1996 and 2005 in peer-reviewed medical journals. In 1999, along with three physician colleagues, Dr. Brind founded the nonprofit Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, now headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey (www.bcpinstitute.org). From 2003–2006, he served as a member of the CDC advisory committee on the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancer. Dr. Brind also continues to analyze studies on the ABC link, as studies evidencing the link—and studies which cover it up—continue to emerge.
KAREN CROSS is the political director for National Right to Life. She helped build the grassroots base in West Virginia, and, as director of West Virginians for Life PAC, was instrumental in putting George W. Bush in the White House in 2000 with his surprise win in the state. Karen, who previously served as West Virginians for Life’s executive director, became involved in the pro-life movement in 1984 as a result of her own two abortions. Her story has been featured in USA Today, in the video Aching Heart, Too, in Life Cycle magazine, in the magazine The Word Among Us, on the 700 Club, on RBC Ministry’s radio program Words to Live By, and various radio and television programs and newspaper articles. She has spoken at many right to life conventions, Rally for Life ’90, and numerous universities and colleges. She has testified before the West Virginia legislature and has successfully lobbied to pass a Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, a Women’s Right to Know Act, an Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and an Ultrasound Option law. Her presentation at an international conference on abortion in Poland in June 2004 was published as a chapter in the book Abortion: Causes, Ramifications, Therapy. She currently serves on the National Right to Life board as an at-large member, on the West Virginians for Life board as their political liaison, and as an advisory board member for Labor of Love, a maternity home and crisis pregnancy center. She has three children and one grandson, Jameson.
INGRID ANN DURAN has served as an assistant in the NRLC State Legislation Department since 1995. She provides tools and assistance to NRLC affiliate lobbyists during their legislative session and tracks all pro-life legislation. Ms. Duran is also the first vice president of Maryland Right to Life and serves on its board of directors. She is actively involved with Outreach programs such as Latino Americans for Life and Black Americans for Life. She has counseled mothers and fathers in crisis pregnancy situations who have contacted National Right to Life. She is also involved in community activities raising awareness for children in need. She has just graduated from Montgomery College with honors and has received her associate’s degree in General Studies. She was a member of the Renaissance scholar program and of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. She will transfer to American University’s School of Public Affairs as a junior in the fall of 2013. She is the proud mother of Gabriel, Rebekah, and Lystra.
STEVEN ERTELT is the editor and CEO of LifeNews.com, the daily pro-life news service covering abortion and bioethics issues. LifeNews.com reaches more than 500,000 prolife advocates every week and its news articles are cited and reprinted by countless news outlets, blogs, and pro-life organizations. Mr. Ertelt is the vice president of Colorado Citizens for Life, the NRLC state affiliate, and he is a member of the National Right to Life board of directors representing Colorado. During two decades of pro-life work, he has served as the president of Right to Life of Wyoming, executive director of Montana Right to Life, and lobbyist and communications director for Indiana Right to Life. Mr. Ertelt holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Hendrix College in Arkansas and, during that time, he was the president of Students for Life of America. He and his wife, Julie, and their son, Andrew, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
SEN. MICHELLE FISCHBACH, J.D., is in her seventh term as a member of the Minnesota State Senate. She served as the first female president of the Minnesota Senate during the 2011-2012 session. She was chief author of the Women’s Right to Know bill, which was signed into law April 14, 2003. With an extensive background as a grassroots pro-life activist, Sen. Fischbach has helped start and strengthen many local right-to-life chapters. In addition, she has worked on numerous local, state, and national political races and on the Rally for Life. Prior to her election to the Minnesota State Senate, she served on the Paynesville City Council. Currently, she coordinates the NRLC Youth Pro-Life Essay Contest and directs the annual National Oratory Contest, which brings high school students from around the country to compete at the NRL Convention. She received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Sen. Fischbach and her husband, Scott, the executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, have two adult children and two grandchildren.
SCOTT FISCHBACH has served as the executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) since 2001. Under his leadership, MCCL has been able to pass several pieces of pro-life legislation, including the Women’s Right to Know Act, the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, and the Positive Alternatives grant program. MCCL has also embarked on numerous new educational outreach programs under Mr. Fischbach, including the Compassion Media campaign, Hispanos por la Vida Hispanic outreach, and the GO! Global Outreach program, which provides life-affirming human rights activists with research and educational materials worldwide. While promoting educational outreach, it is local grassroots development that still is most important at MCCL. The annual MCCL Fall Tour, Student Day at the Capitol, educational booths at ninety-two county fairs, and Mother’s and Father’s Day recognition projects keep MCCL’s two hundred chapters active in their local communities saving lives. He is married to Minnesota State Sen. Michelle Fischbach, and the couple have two adult children and two grandchildren.
ANGELA FRANKS, Ph.D., has a doctorate in systematic theology and a master’s degree in philosophy. She is the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (2005). She was the coordinator of Planned Parenthood Hurts Girls, a coalition dedicated to keeping a Planned Parenthood clinic out of Morgantown, West Virginia. With her husband, David, she has hosted shows for Catholic TV. Currently she is the director of theology programs for the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at Saint John’s Seminary. Mrs. Franks is in demand as a speaker, author, and teacher on such subjects as the history of Planned Parenthood, sexual ethics, life issues, and the theology of the body. She has been quoted in or written for many publications, such as the National Catholic Register and the Wall Street Journal, and appeared on the Glenn Beck Show and many other media outlets. She has a chapter in the book, Women, Sex, and the Church (Pauline Books and Media, 2010). She is the proud mother of six children, whom she homeschools.
JEANNE E. HEAD, R.N., an experienced obstetric nurse and former actress, has served in a number of capacities as a volunteer for the pro-life movement since 1970. Presently, she is NRLC’s vice president for international affairs, the United Nations representative for NRLC and the International Right to Life Federation (IRTLF), New York State Right to Life’s representative to the NRLC board of directors and a member of the executive committee of both boards, and president and co-founder of Metropolitan New York Right to Life Foundation and Manhattan Right To Life Committee. As UN representative, Jeanne has been involved in the struggle to prevent the establishment of abortion as a human right worldwide at every major UN conference and related meeting since the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development. In addition to meetings in New York her work has taken her to Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Geneva, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Nairobi, Rome, and San Juan. As a part of the Pro-Life and Pro-Family Coalition at the UN, Jeanne has helped thwart, so far, the establishment of abortion as human right worldwide and played a key role in the meetings leading to the adoption of the historic UN Declaration calling on member states to ban all forms of human cloning and the UN Convention (Treaty) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which includes (for the first time in any UN document) language calling for the prevention of discriminatory denial of health care, or health services, or food and fluids on the basis of disability. In recognition of her work at the UN, Jeanne was one of six recipients of the 2009–10 Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Life Prize on January 22, 2011. She has written about her experiences for NRL News; co-authored with Laura Hussey an analysis of abortion worldwide titled “Does Abortion Access Protect Women’s Health” for the Washington Times magazine, The World and I; and was a contributor to the very effective MCCLGO/NRLC brochures : “Does legalizing abortion protect women’s health?” (2009); “Why legalized abortion is not good for women’s health” (2011) and “How Abortion Hurts Women” (2013).
MARJORIE HIGGINS, with her experience as a speaker, newsletter editor, lobbyist, legislative aide, and with coordinator for local, state, and national election campaigns, assists NRL state affiliates with the business end of the pro-life movement. Her current duties, as NRL State Organizational Development coordinator, include organizing educational exhibits, reviewing by-laws, developing and maintaining computer lists, and acting as a resource support for local chapters and state offices. Over the last several years she has brought local teens to serve at the NRL Convention as volunteers. She and her husband live
in Fleming Island, Florida.
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 www.nrlc.org. 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.
BRIAN JOHNSTON has authored numerous books and articles on the topic of protecting the vulnerable and restoring legal protection for those who are not able to defend themselves. His important book (and later a documentary) Death As A Salesman: What’s Wrong With Assisted Suicide, is credited with ensuring continued legal protection for the medically dependent in New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa, and several other jurisdictions that were about to enact euthanasia laws. Mr. Johnston is Western Regional director for the National Right to Life Committee. He has served as California commissioner on aging, on California’s state board of nursing home examiners, and the board of directors of the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled. He is a frequent spokesman on the threat of assisted suicide and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, World News Tonight, PBS News Hour and many other programs. A father of five, he and his wife Valery reside in Sacramento, California.
LORI KEHOE is the senior congressional liaison for the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee. She is also executive director of the New York State Right to Life Committee. Mrs. Kehoe has lobbied Congress on abortion, euthanasia, cloning, health care rationing, and other pro-life and First Amendment issues. She has conducted seminars and has spoken on life issues at conventions, seminars, and debates across the country and throughout Australia. Mrs. Kehoe has appeared on CSPAN and CNN news programs, on Fox News, America’s Voice, and other television and radio
programs nationwide. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Associated Press, Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Oregonian, and numerous other newspapers across the nation. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. She and her wonderful husband, Marty, have a fabulous seven-year-old, Rowan Blessing, and two precious children in Heaven.
TONY LAUINGER is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and served as an officer in the United States Navy on a patrol gunboat in Vietnam. Tony and his wife, Phyllis, a physician, have been married for 42 years. They are the parents of eight children, and they have thirteen grandchildren. Phyllis and Tony co-founded Tulsans For Life in 1973, the year of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Since 1978, Mr. Lauinger has been president of the statewide right-to-life organization, Oklahomans For Life, working to pass pro-life legislation at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. He has served for the past 35 years on the board of directors of the National Right to Life Committee, for the past 29 years as a member of the executive committee, and for the past 18 years as vice-president of National Right to Life. For 25 years he coached youth football and basketball teams. He’s been very active in the Republican Party, serving as a delegate or alternate to six Republican national conventions and as a member of the Platform Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention.
JOLEIGH LITTLE became involved in the pro-life movement at the age of fourteen, and in the twenty-eight years since then she has worked on the local, state, and national levels to advance the cause of life. She served on staff at National Right to Life from 1992 until 1996 and has worked with the grassroots movement in Wisconsin from 1996 to the present. In her current position as Teens for Life director and Region 5 & 6 coordinator at Wisconsin Right to Life, she spends her time working with chapters and teen groups and promoting the right-to-life cause among young people through WRTL’s annual convention and four summer
leadership camps. Ms. Little helped develop NRLC’s Life and Leadership Camp Initiative to roll out a national camp program, along with colleagues from Louisiana RTL and Rhode Island RTL. She also serves as co-advisor to National Teens for Life and helps to plan the annual NTL Convention and other events. Her most important role in life, however, is that of mommy to beautiful, funny, vivacious four-year-old Clara, who came home from Bulgaria in 2012.
PATRICK MCGEE is the director of NRLC’s Information Technology (IT) Department. Mr. McGee’s primary responsibility is NRLC’s comprehensive internal data and telecomm services from top to bottom. During Mr. McGee’s tenure, he has overseen NRLC’s migration from word processors to PCs to networks to clients/server and to cloud. One of Mr. McGee’s roles is to position and balance NRLC to take advantage of emerging trends in the IT world. Mr. McGee concerns himself with the stewardship of your contributions. The focus is to provide as much technology as possible in order to assist the staff in achieving NRLC’s goals, while using as minimal financial resources as possible. Mr. McGee has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is married with four children.
RANDALL K. O’BANNON, Ph.D., joined National Right to Life in 1989 and has served as its director of education and research since 1994. For nearly two decades, he has tracked the latest scientific research and statistics on abortion and other life issues for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, helping pro-life activists to better promote the cause and culture of life. Dr. O’Bannon developed the popular full color fetology booklet a baby’s first months and contributed to Infinite Possibilities, the beautiful DVD based on that brochure. Over the years, he has researched and written on several critical pro-life concerns, such as the activities and funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, with special attention to recent efforts to expand the abortion empire through giant new mega-clinics and webcam abortions; the abortion industry’s efforts to develop and deploy chemical abortifacients like RU486 in the U.S. and elsewhere and the dangers and deaths associated with these pills; the reasons women have abortions; and the accumulating evidence for abortion’s post-abortive harmful effects. He has been interviewed by the national press on many of these subjects. He has also been responsible for the development and publication of a number of vital educational resources, ranging from factsheets to pamphlets. Many of those resources are available for download on the NRLC website. Dr. O’Bannon received his doctorate in philosophy (ethics) from Georgetown University in 1998. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Manassas, Virginia, with their lovely daughter Kerry, while their two oldest daughters, Kathleen and Kelly, study at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, respectively.
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 and being born alive at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a master’s degree in social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. She is the founder and director of For Olivia’s Sake, an organization which seeks to raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. Olivia, Melissa’s first child, never would have existed if Melissa’s birthmother’s abortion would have succeeded in ending her life. Her birth prompted Melissa to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of the ripple effect of abortion across generations. In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network, www.theabortionsurvivors.com, after recognizing the number of abortion survivors and how most felt alone in this role, and after recognizing the need for the public to be educated about the reality of failed abortions and abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 130 survivors and she is working on a healing ministry curriculum and a retreat for survivors.
Melissa has been featured on television and radio programs including: The 700 Club, EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Defending Life, Fox News, Facing Life Head On, Focus on the Family, and American Family Radio, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Teresa Tomeo Show. Her life and ministry is featured in the award winning pro-life documentary, A Voice for Life. After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. Melissa’s life story is about the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, about the power of love, about the hope for joy and healing in the midst of grief and loss, and about the transformational power of forgiveness and in answering God’s call for your life.
ERNEST OHLHOFF directs NRLC’s Department of Outreach. Housed within NRLC’s busy Outreach Department is Religious Outreach, Black Americans for Life, American Victims of Abortion, Latinos for Life, Youth Outreach (National Teens for Life and College Students Outreach), and Indians for Life. Mr. Ohlhoff is a co-founder of the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC). NPRC is a Christian pro-life coalition called to witness to and affirm the biblical standards of the value, dignity, and sanctity of human life. From 1979–88, he served as executive director of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. Mr. Ohlhoff, who left his career in engineering to work full time in the pro-life movement, has served as president of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and chairman of the board of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. He is also an expert organizational consultant for National Right to Life and is active building cooperative relationships with pro-life groups.
DAVID N. O’STEEN, Ph.D., is NRLC’s executive director and the author of many articles on abortion, euthanasia, and pro-life politics. A mathematics professor and Department chairman at the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota at the time, he began his grassroots pro-life involvement in 1973. Dr. O’Steen served first as a chapter chairman and regional coordinator for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). He later became MCCL’s executive director and served in that position for nine years. In 1984 Dr.O’Steen assumed his position as National Right to Life’s executive director. Dr. O’Steen has played a key role in assisting numerous state right to life organizations to develop successful organizational, fundraising, and legislative programs. In the 1980s he also helped organize several statewide groups in the southeastern United States in an outreach program called “Mission Possible.”Dr. O’Steen has advised numerous campaigns. He has testified before various congressional committees on a wide range of issues important to the right to life movement.
DON PARKER is director of the Development Department for National Right to Life. His department expands NRLC’s membership base and oversees its direct mail and telemarketing programs. From 1989 to 1996 Mr. Parker worked for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), NRLC’s Minnesota affiliate. He served with MCCL as a lobbyist, organizational development director, and fundraising letter writer. He is the secretary of Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), the Virginia affiliate of NRLC, and previously served as treasurer of that organization. In addition to his pro-life activities, Mr. Parker taught speech and journalism at a community college in Minnesota; edited Good Age, a monthly newspaper for the elderly; and was twice elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
THE REV. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world, and works full time as national director of Priests for Life, with his bishop’s permission. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. In 1993 he became the first full-time national director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He is the president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, a coalition of groups from many different denominations working to end abortion. He is pastoral director and chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Fr. Frank has been an official of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family and is currently a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo in her final hours and was an outspoken advocate for her life. Fr. Frank was asked by the graduating class of Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those who refused to honor pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Fr. Frank travels to four states a week speaking at pro-life events, including for many state and local affiliates of National Right to Life. He appears daily in Christian as well as secular media. He has been a spiritual guide for Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade. She calls him “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.” He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day.
JENNIFER POPIK, J.D., serves as legislative counsel of the National Right to Life Committee’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, which deals with euthanasia-related issues including assisted suicide; denial of lifesaving medical treatment, food, and fluids; and health care rationing. She lobbies Congress on end of life issues and euthanasia and assists in a variety of related legal issues. She also serves as counsel for the Department of State Legislation, assisting state affiliates with drafting pro-life legislation and providing any
additional needed legal support. Prior to coming to NRLC, she worked with the Cleveland Bar Association’s ProBono Program as well as with the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She and her husband, Eric, are the parents of four children.
DAVID PRENTICE, Ph.D., is senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council, and adjunct professor of molecular genetics at the John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of America. Previously he spent almost twenty years as a professor of life sciences at Indiana State University and as an adjunct professor of medical and molecular genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum Council for Biotechnology Policy, a fellow of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, and an advisory board member for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Dr. Prentice received the 2007 Walter C. Randall Award in Biomedical Ethics from the American Physiological Society, given for promoting the honor and integrity of biomedical science through example and mentoring in the classroom and laboratory. He is an internationally recognized expert on stem cells and cloning and has testified before the U.S. Congress, numerous state legislatures, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, President’s Council on Bioethics, many European parliaments, the Vatican, and the United Nations. He gives frequent invited lectures and media interviews regarding stem cell research, cloning, and bioethics.
RAIMUNDO ROJAS, director of Latino Outreach for the National Right to Life Committee, travels nationally and internationally to speak on life issues and how they affect Latinos in the United States and abroad. Mr. Rojas works to energize Latinos, a naturally pro-life constituency, on behalf of the pro-life cause. He has been interviewed on numerous Spanish Language radio and television programs, including multiple appearances on Univision’s Cristina and CBS-Telemundo’s Polos Opuestos. Mr. Rojas is the past president of Florida Right to Life and has served on the NRLC board of directors since 1991. Mr. Rojas also represents NRLC as an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, where he works with members of South and Central American delegations and other pro-life NGOs. He is a contributor to National Right to Life News as well as having been published in periodicals ranging from the Orlando Sentinel to World magazine. Mr. Rojas lives in Miami, Florida.
PAM RUCINSKI is the co-owner of Rucinski & Reetz Communication and often refers to their industry as “the business of imagination.” They write scripts for film and video, content for websites, and write articles for print as well. After almost two decades of experience, the writing team has become skilled at meeting unrealistic deadlines, translating jargon, fitting square pegs in round holes and setting up their office on land, sea or in the air. Nestlé, Kohler, American Family Insurance, Kimberly Clark, Ingersoll Rand, Trane, the International Crane Foundation, Wisconsin Right to Life, and National Right to Life are just a few of the companies and non-profits on their client list. Industry awards include the New York and Chicago International Film Festivals, Telly Awards, and the Media Communications Association, International. A Baby’s First Months: Infinite Possibilities, produced for National Right to Life, was recognized in 2012 as a best short documentary finalist at “LifeFest,” a California based film festival dedicated to pro-life themes. The film also won an International Telly Award in 2011. (See A Baby’s First Months on our website at www.rucinskireetz.com.) The Rucinski family’s pro-life roots run deep. Barely married one year, Pam says God called them to a lifetime of right-to-life work. All five of their children grew up in the movement and became experts at car washes, bake sales and lit drops. Their first born daughter, Tricia, was one of the founders of National Teens for Life in 1985. Both Pam and her husband Chet have served on various WRL leadership roles over the years. Today, Chet serves on the NRL Executive Board and Pam is assisting National Right to Life on the Branding Committee.
ANDREW A. SABAK has owned Sabak Computer Services since 1985. The company has performed extensive database management and address enhancement services since 1992 for the National Right to Life Committee and NRL PAC, as well as for many of NRLC’s state affiliates. Sabak Computer has also specialized in providing pro-life, Republican, and conservative candidates and campaigns throughout the country with computerized information services, including direct mail programs and voter contact services. Mr. Sabak is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in mathematics and computer science. Following in the footsteps of his father, a Carpatho-Russian Orthodox priest, he also earned his bachelor of theology degree at Christ the Savior Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Seminary. In 1980, he earned his master’s degree in computer science and dreamed of starting his own company to help conservatives campaign more effectively. He lives in Fairmont, West Virginia, with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Nina, who has won numerous writing awards, including at the University of Pittsburgh where she has just graduated and will remain for graduate school.
DARLA ST. MARTIN is the Co-Executive Director of National Right to Life. She has served on the NRLC Board of Directors since 1974 and currently represents Maryland. She is the President of Maryland Right to Life. She has also served as a member of the NRLC Executive Committee, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, NRLC Director from Minnesota, and Co-Director of the Committee for a Pro-Life Congress. After graduation from the University of Minnesota, Mrs. St. Martin became a professional educator, teaching History and English. She has written numerous educational materials and authored essays for a number of books. During the administrations of President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush she served as National Right to Life’s liaison with the President and top White House staff. In 1983 she testified before the U.S. Judiciary Committee in favor of a Human Life Amendment. In 1997 after the fall of Communism, she went to Moscow and assisted Russian pro-life leaders with the development of the Russian pro-life movement. Over the years she has been a speaker at international events in Great Britain, Russia, the Vatican, as well as numerous states. Mrs. St. Martin has extensive experience with media, lobbying, political action committees, organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, and political parties. She has three children, Catherine, Michelle, and John; and six grandchildren, Bryce Fischbach, Brianna Eisenbacher, Alexander Hammer, Julia Hammer, Darla St. Martin, and Scarlett St. Martin; and two great grandchildren, Aaron and Ava Eisenbacher.
ANN SALADIN has shared her many pro-life concerns about the Girl Scout organization with pro-life groups, parishes, and clergy across the state of Missouri. She has been featured on several local and national radio shows relating to this topic and has published an op-ed detailing her daughter’s own experience as a former Girl Scout. Recently, Ann has launched www.mygirlscoutcouncil.com, a website presenting specific, documented concerns related to the Girl Scout organization at the local, national, and international levels. A former teacher and current swim coach, Mrs. Saladin is a mostly stay-at-home mom who lives in St. Louis, Misouri, with her husband and four kids.
BOBBY SCHINDLER is the executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia. He was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his sisters, Terri and Suzanne. After his graduation from LaSalle University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, Mr. Schindler moved with his entire family to Florida where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Florida State University. But his life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in February 1990 when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound brain injury. When Terri’s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Mr. Schindler was suddenly propelled into a life he had never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister’s life on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and many others. Following Terri’s tragic death on March 31, 2005, Mr. Schindler gave up his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School. In the eight years since that time, he has spoken extensively throughout the United States and internationally telling the truth about Terri’s story. He and his family have also authored the book, A Life That Matters, (2006) regarding their decade-long struggle to care for his sister, Terri. The Schindler family continues to advocate for persons with disabilities and works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.
DOREEN SHIREK is chapter director and college outreach director with Wisconsin Right to Life. In these positions she is responsible for motivating and leading over 55 grassroots chapters in various counties and developing and overseeing the exciting and growing college campus program for WRTl. Wisconsin College Students for Life began nine years ago with four campuses participating. The program has been expanding ever since and now gives nine grants and helps a total of 20 campuses with their programs. More college campuses are looking to start chapters in this coming school year. Besides these duties she is the wife of a pastor and seriously involved in the leadership of their growing church and ministry. Doreen Shirek is a mother of four and grandmother of six and resides in Mauston, Wisconsin, with her family.
THE HON. MIKE SPENCE is an alternate board member of the National Right to Life Committee and special assistant to the NRLC Western Office. He is vice president of the California ProLife Council, the state affiliate of National Right to Life. He is currently editor of the California ProLife News and past co-host of the Life Matters radio program. Mr.Spence is also serving his sixth term on West Covina Unified School District Board. As a school board member he authored the district’s parental notification policy. He is past president of the California School Board Leadership Council, a network representing pro-family school board members in the state as well as past president of the California Republican Assembly and current president of Conservative Republicans of California, and has served in various Republican Party positions. Mr. Spence has served as chief of staff to two members of the California State Assembly. He was part of California’s delegation to the 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Republican Party National Conventions. In 1996, the speaker of the state assembly appointed Mr. Spence to a four-year term on the Library of California Board. He was awarded the Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Washington, D.C.,-based Local Government Council in 1997 and the Capitol Resource Institute Award for Educational Excellence in 1999. Mr. Spence serves as a board member of the La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels and on the board of trustees of the Junior Statesman Foundation. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs providing commentary on political issues, including shows such as the John and Ken Show, Laura Ingraham Show, Roger Hedgecock Show, Fox News, and shows on MSNBC and CNN. Mr. Spence has also had commentaries printed in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Business Journal, and other papers. In addition, he is a correspondent for the popular FlashReport weblog. He is happily married to the former Marielena Barros and resides in West Covina with their daughter, Reagan, and son, Nathanael.
CAROL TOBIAS is president of the National Right to Life Committee. A native of North Dakota, she has served on the National Right to Life board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991, she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life and in 1991 was hired as National Right to Life political director, a position she held until 2005. In that capacity, she organized and conducted seminars on pro-life issues and on becoming involved in the political process. She was a regular speaker at conferences around the country and participated in candidate-training seminars, teaching candidates how to handle pro-life issues in a campaign. During her tenure as political director, pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In both 2000 and 2004, she oversaw the efforts of National Right to Life’s political action committee on behalf of George W. Bush. Mrs. Tobias has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today show, The News Hour on PBS, news shows on CNN, C-SPAN, and Fox News Channel, as well as on numerous television and radio programs throughout the country. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She and her husband, Damon, live in Cedar Crest, New Mexico.
OLIVIA GANS TURNER directs American Victims of Abortion (AVA), an outreach project of the National Right to Life Committee. Mrs. Turner helped to organize one of the nation’s first peer-to-peer post-abortion support groups in the New York City area after almost two years of suffering through an acute emotional reaction to her own abortion experience as an unwed college student. Mrs. Turner has spoken widely on post-abortion syndrome and other abortion-related issues in the United States and in Europe. She travels to many college campuses throughout the year to meet with the students, and, as a frequent witness before legislative bodies, she provides testimony on informed consent laws and parental notification laws as well as abortion complications. In the twenty-six years since she became AVA director she has traveled to over seventeen countries. Between 1994 and 2000, Mrs. Turner was a non-governmental organization delegate to numerous United Nations conferences. Those include the 1994 World Population and Development Conference held in Egypt; the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing, China; and the 2000 World Summit on Children held in New York City. Mrs. Turner has appeared on such nationally syndicated programs as Nightline, Good Morning America, and Hannity & Colmes, and on C-SPAN, CNN, and National Public Radio news programs. In addition to her duties at NRLC, Mrs. Turner currently serves as the president of Virginia Society for Human Life.
LUIS ZAFFIRINI did volunteer and part-time work with the State Organizational Development Department of National Right to Life and later worked as an intern during the 2004 election season in which pro-life President George W. Bush was re-elected. Since January 2005, he has been administrative assistant in the State Organizational Development and Conventions Department where he assists in organizing the annual NRL Convention, maintains several websites, coordinates social media, designs e-mail campaigns, and assists in chapter development. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and his master’s in public policy from the George Washington University.