Profiles : M - R

Profiles : M - R

Pro-life Profiles : M - R


WV_Profile_PatMahoney - Pat Mahoney

Patrick J. Mahoney is a well known social and political activist. He works in Washington and resides in Virginia with his wife Katie and his three daughters.

He has for the past 30 years, been an outspoken advocate for the struggling and oppressed in society. Some of his activities have included: sleeping in a newspaper dumpster in New England to draw attention to the plight of the homeless; the establishing and operating of soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters for the needy; peacefully intervening on behalf of the unborn at abortion clinics; and assisting in the development of a program to shop medical supplies to war torn Central America. He premiered on American television the educational and controversial pro-life film "the Silent Scream"; and he spearheaded the first local pro-life referendum in America. He was the first American to walk the Dublin to Belfast road for peace in Ireland and helped to rebuild border roads with Northern Irish farmers.

His work has featured in the media through such publications as Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Washington Post, LA times & US News and World Report. Rev. Mahoney has been seen on Crossfire, Good Morning America, Larry King, Oprah, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, and 48 Hours.

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PPROFILE Kate Mulgrew - Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew, star of the television series Star Trek: Voyager, told the American Feminist - a publication of Feminists for Life, "I practiced my belief at great cost to myself." Mulgrew had become pregnant at an early age and decided to place her baby girl for adoption. She and her daughter were reunited a few years ago.

She said that though "adoption or abortion almost always promises the mother a legacy of shame and regret, I have to be frank about my experience, I survived it. Women often don't believe that they can survive nine months of pregnancy and place the child with an adoptive family. Life is not always easy." "Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."

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PPROFILE Mother Teresa - Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is the Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her service to the poor. After her death, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa spoke out against abortion on many occasions.

She said, "The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."

She also spoke about the protection of the family and how contraception and abortion cause destruction. Mother Teresa said, "The way to plan the family is natural family planning, not contraception...This (use of contraceptives) turns the attention to self and so it destroys the gift of love in him or her. In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other as happens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows easily . . . And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome."

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Dr. Colin McGuckin is the UK's leading scientist using stem cells derived from babies' umbilical cord blood in medical research. This method of extracting cells is similar to embryonic stem cells, but is far less controversial because no embryo is destroyed in the process. He has been working in the field of stem cell biology since 1988 and has become the most sought-after lecturer of stem cell research and one of the world's top experts in stem cell biology, tissue engineering, transplantation sciences and cancer treatment.

Dr. McGuckin founded the Stem Cell Therapy Laboratory in 1999, which specialises in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. This is the world's first organisation to characterise a harvesting and culture strategy to produce embryonic-like stem cells from the umbilical cord blood. In 2005, Dr. McGuckin and his colleages made a medical breakthrough, when they were able to create the world's first 'mini liver' from umbilical cord blood. Through this amazing discovery, Dr. McGuckin and his team have been able to take the stem cells from the umbilical cord blood and create small mini-livers, which pharmaceutical companies are able to use for testing new drugs on.

Dr. McGuckin said, "Our research indicates that cord blood has an amazing capacity to develop into a wide range of human tissues including blood, blood vessel, liver and nervous tissues," he went on to say, "This research could have a huge impact not only on treating human disease, but also provide human tissues for drug development and testing, removing the uncertainty of whether new drugs will have side effects.
Things like umbilical cord blood have made an amazing contribution towards therapies. There are now over 85 conditions treatable or supportable with cord blood."

Dr. McGuckin is currently the director of the Cell Therapy Research Institute in Lyon, France, which is one of the world's largest adult stem cell centres. He is the president of Novus Sanguis, a charitable consortium for regenerative medicine. He is a freelance journalist and works with TV, radio and print media and believes in promoting medical and scientific research understanding to the public. He has delivered lectures at some of the world's leading research institutes and has been invited to speak at various forums at the European Parliament, Bundestag German Parliament, Austrian Parliament, French Senate, and at the US Senate on Capitol Hill.

Dr. McGuckin continues to make a major impact in the field of stem cell research. He recently visited India to share his plans on integrating new scientific technologies, which may substantially speed up treatments for life-threatening illnesses, injuries and disabilities. He has developed a unique expertise, which will enable the science of cord blood stem cells to be rapidly advanced for clinical use in the near future.

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WV_Profile_GiannaMolla - Gianna Molla

Gianna Molla was a paediatrician. She was married and had three children, a son and two daughters, were born between 1956 and 1959, and Gianna had two miscarriages before conceiving another baby in 1961. Early in the pregnancy it was discovered that Gianna had a fibroma, a benign tumor, on her uterine wall. Surgery that would involve aborting the baby was suggested, but the Mollas instantly and firmly rejected this idea, and chose surgery that would remove only the tumor. The surgery successfully removed the fibroma, and the pregnancy continued.

But all was not well, and a few days before the baby was born, Gianna realized it would be a difficult - possibly life-threatening delivery. She asked her husband to promise that if it were necessary to choose between saving her and saving the baby, he should choose the baby. "I insist", she said. On Good Friday, Gianna entered the hospital. And a lovely, healthy baby daughter, Gianna Emanuela, was born the next day, April 21, 1962. But the mother had developed a fatal infection - septic peritonitis. (Modern antibiotics most likely would have saved her.)  Gianna called to her own mother, Maria, who had died in 1942 - and she prayed. As she lay dying, she repeated, "Jesus, I love you", over and over.

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PLP_Jack Nicholson

Nicholson’s mother chose life for Jack as a pregnant teenager. “I’m very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view,” Nicholson told the National Review in 2003. “My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life.”

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PPROFILE Dolores O'Riordan - Dolores O'Riordan

The Lead Singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan said in an interview with You! Magazine in June/July 1996, "It's not good for women to go through the procedure [abortion] and have something living sucked out of their bodies. It belittles women. Even though some women say, 'Oh, I don't mind to have one,' every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem smaller and smaller and smaller."

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PPROFILE Fr Frank Pavone - Fr Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O'Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop's permission. In 1993 he became the National Director of Priests for Life.

He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel's Vineyard, the world's largest ministry of healing after abortion.

The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He also serves as a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life.

He received the "Proudly Pro-life Award" by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards and honorary doctorates. He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day. Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank "the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church."

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Dr David Prentice is a Stem Cell Expert and is a Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council.

He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas, and was at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Texas Medical School-Houston before joining Indiana State University, where he served as Acting Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Chair of Life Sciences, and was recognized with the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Service Award.

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.
He 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.

His research interests encompass aspects of cell growth; one major focus is adult stem cells. Dr Prentice 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, the President's Council on Bioethics, European Parliament, British Parliament, Canadian Parliament, Australian Parliament, German Bundestag, French Senate, Swedish Parliament, the Vatican, and the United Nations.

Dr Prentice was selected by the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics to write their comprehensive review of adult stem cell research. His defense of Adult Stem Cell Treatments with extensive literature documentation was published by Science in January 2007. Dr Prentice continues to be one of the leading experts in Stem Cells and is a strong and vocal advocate for the use of Adult Stem Cells, as they are the most effective and ethical treatment, as opposed to embryonic stem cell treatments, which are unethical and have had no positive results.

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PPROFILE Lila Rose - Lila Rose

An American pro-life activist and the founder of the pro-life group Live Action. She is known for a series of campaigns against affiliated facilities of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

When Lila Rose was 15, she founded Live Action films as a means to reach her peers with the pro-life message. Live Action Films seeks to expose the hypocrisies and lies of the pro-abortion movement, and has been incredibly successful at doing so. Lila has since launched several successful undercover investigations exposing racism and statutory rape cover-up at Planned Parenthood, and has attracted international media coverage.
In 2008, she was personally awarded $50,000 in the annual "Life Prizes" awards, sponsored by the Gerard Health Foundation, a pro-life charity. She also received the "Person of the Year Malachi Award" from Operation Rescue that same year and in 2009, was given the "Young Leader" award by the Susan B. Anthony List.

Rose was then featured in the 2010 CNN documentary Right on the Edge, which spotlighted young conservative activists.

In February 2011, Rose released undercover videos filmed in several different cities showing an unidentified man and a woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute soliciting advice from Planned Parenthood clinic workers on how to procure abortions and birth control for underage prostitutes. Rose said the videos prove Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks laws and covers up abuse. These videos released by Lila's organisation Live Action, caused a huge stir and were responsible for getting the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in favour of putting a stop to all government funding that goes to Planned Parenthood, roughly $353 million per year. This vote was later reneged by the U.S. Senate, when they voted for the government to continue funding Planned Parenthood.

Even though the funding for Planned Parenthood was reinstated, what Lila Rose and Live Action were able to accomplish is historic. They exposed the truth of what is going on within Planned Parenthood and they opened up public discourse on the practices of Planned Parenthood and the questionable fact that the U.S. government are funding the controversial practices of Planned Parenthood.