Four days after having the ultrasound depicted in this film, Kortney Blythe Gordon and her pre-born baby Sophy were killed in a tragic auto accident in Georgia. John Scharfenberger, a Students for Life co-worker also later died from his injuries in the same crash. Kortney was a gifted and tireless advocate in the pro-life movement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Benjamin, and the Blythe, Gordon, and Scharfenberger families.
Host Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas
"The miracle of life – can anything be more beautiful and precious?"
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit "HUCKABEE" on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the "Huckabee Report" syndicated on almost 600 stations by the Cumulus Media Network, where it has been the fastest growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years.
He is the author of 9 books, the most recent being "A Simple Government." This is his fourth book that has been on the New York Times Bestseller List joining "Do the Right Thing," "A Simple Christmas" and "Can't Wait Till Christmas."
From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was recognized nationally for his leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments. Governing Magazine named him as one of its 'Public Officials of the Year' for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award. In 2007, he was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.
After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee led rapidly growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. He said those experiences gave him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families.
Huckabee's efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he had completed four marathons: The 2005 and 2006 Little Rock Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon. As a result of his accomplishments, The Road Runners Club of America named him its 'Southern Region Runner of the Year' and USA Track & Field has named him their 'Athlete of the Week' for the country.
Huckabee is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO and for two presidential inauguration balls and at two Republican National Conventions. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox show with the Fox house band, "The Little Rockers."
The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.
“Mary Doe,” Doe v. Bolton
"It's hard because nobody wants to be linked to a death warrant on the unborn."
Sandra Cano was born February 16, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in a working class poor home, the eldest of six children. Sandra tried to help her mother as best she could and sometimes bore the brunt of her mother’s frustration with life’s circumstances. Sandra was overweight as a child and had Bell’s palsy in school became the focus of ridicule. She quit school in the ninth grade. Her life was very sheltered.
She married the first man she ever kissed and after the marriage found out that he was a convicted child molester. He was in and out of jail their entire marriage and never provided for her properly. Sandra had four children from this union. The third child was given up for adoption because Sandra thought the child would have a better life. During her fourth pregnancy she went to Atlanta legal Aid for a divorce and to regain custody of her first two children. They were placed in foster care because of misinformation given to authorities by Sandra’s stepfather. Sandra has never been on drugs, she has never abused alcohol. Even with her limited education, she has always tried to support her family.
Sandra went to Atlanta Legal Aid for a divorce and to regain custody of her children. She has never believed in abortion. She has never sought an abortion. She has never had an abortion. Her attorney told Sandra that her case had something to do with women’s rights and that Sandra’s identity would be protected. Sandra thought it had something to do with equal pay. When asked about abortion, which she thought was a strange thing to bring up, Sandra told her attorney, “I don’t believe in it for me but I can’t say about anyone else.” To this day she regrets that statement fearing that it caused children and women to be hurt. Sandra’s attorney knew Sandra’s position on abortion and in spite of the facts went forward with the case which became the Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court companion case to Roe v. Wade: legalizing abortion in the U.S., Roe sanctioned abortion to the third month, Sandra’s case through ninth month.
Photographer, “Hand of Hope”
"All of a sudden, I wake up and I find myself owning all rights to a photograph that has the power to change hearts and minds."
Michael Clancy is a native of Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a photojournalist for 20 years. His pictures have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide.
In 1999, He captured a photograph that changed his life, and shocked the world. The photograph captured the tiny hand of an unborn child reaching from his mother's womb, grasping the finger of his surgeon during fetal surgery to correct spina bifida. The picture evoked such a powerful reaction it was inevitable the world would demand to know, The Story Behind The Picture. He has now shared his story at over 110 pro life events and his picture, "Hand of Hope," has been used to pass fetal pain legislation in six states.
Susan B. Anthony List
"The right to life is deeply embedded in our founding documents."
Marjorie Dannenfelser, an original organizer of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), is the organization's President. As President, Marjorie directs the mission of SBA List, is the chief strategist, and serves as its primary spokeswoman. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to more than 280,000 members nationwide.
Since its founding, the organization’s connected political action committee, the nonpartisan Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, has helped elect 90 pro-life candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 to the U.S. Senate and 13 to other statewide offices across the country.
Marjorie has appeared as a commentator on Fox News, America’s leading cable television channel in addition to appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Fox & Friends,” CNN’s “John King Live,” EWTN’s “The World Over” and CBN. Her impressive list of recent op-ed placements includes FoxNews.com, The Weekly Standard, The Hill, Human Events, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, AOL Politics Daily and WORLD Magazine. Marjorie is also a regular contributor on RedState and Townhall.com. She has been interviewed or cited in an array of national print, radio and online outlets, some of which include the Associated Press, Politico, United Press International, MSNBC.com, ABC News, National Public Radio, Focus on the Family, the Janet Mefferd Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, American Spectator, Catholic News Agency, Congressional Quarterly, The Hill and Roll Call.
Marjorie was also recently named one of Newsweek’s top ten new “Faces of the Christian Right.”
She serves on the boards of the Alliance Defense Fund, Constituting Culture Foundation and Chosen Families, a ministry to families who have special needs children. Prior to launching the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie served on Capitol Hill as staff director of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, she worked at the Heritage Foundation. She is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of Duke University. Marjorie lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Marty and their five children, ages 11-19.
Founder & CEO
The Heidi Group
"I was personally involved in 35,000 abortions plus my own. And if not for the blood of Jesus, I couldn't say that."
Carol Everett’s life has been entrenched in women’s reproductive health choices. Her unplanned pregnancy at 16, six years of selling abortions to other women to justify her own, thirty-five thousand abortions, the death of one woman and major surgery on 19 abortion patients brought Carol to a crossroads. She experienced a life-altering change in her life in 1983.
Carol uses her experiences to help women who face reproductive crises with positive, life-affirming options.
April 15, 1984 Carol testified for the first time before the Texas Legislature to protect the health and rights of women. Since 1984 Carol has testified before Congress on abortion issues as well as offering testimony in 33 State Legislatures.
Carol Everett serves as the founder and CEO of The Heidi Group, a non-profit organization assisting girls and women through unplanned pregnancies. In 2008, the first full year of operation, The Heidi Group’s charity pre-natal clinic served 1,115 mothers-to-be, delivering 1,115 healthy babies. Two hundred and seventy-three patients made decisions for Christ. Ninety-one mothers-to-be went through Parenting/Life Skills programs. Three attended trade school and one patient received a four year college scholarship.
Carol has been invited to share her testimony on national broadcasting programs with Matt and Laurie Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network, Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Point of View, Truths that Transform and Pat Robertson of the 700 Club, to name a few.
Students for Life of America
"The abortion industry is now going into medical schools trying to recruit medical students to become abortionists because they don't have enough people who want to be abortionists when they grow up."
Kristan was hired in 2006 to become Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) first Executive Director. Since launching SFLA’s full-time operation, Kristan has helped more than double the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to over 500, by launching SFLA’s Full-Time Field Program. As Executive Director, Kristan directs the mission and strategy of Students for Life of America. In addition to Kristan serves as the organization’s official spokeswoman and has appeared multiple times on Fox News, CNN, and the Christian Broadcasting Network; she has also been quoted in numerous national and regional newspapers. Kristan currently hosts the radio show “On Campus with Students for Life” on National Pro-life Radio. Kristan also speaks to youth and adult pro-life organizations across the country training pro-life activists in how to end abortion in America.
Most recently, Kristan is known for her work leading the successful Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition which brought together over 70 pro-life and pro-family leaders in a national coalition dedicated to stopping government funding of abortion in healthcare reform. In addition, she launched HealthcareforGunner.com in June of 2009, a website dedicated to her son Gunner who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to raise the issue of health care rationing in a government health care systems.
Kristan came to SFLA after serving as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Previously, she also worked for the 2004 Bush/Cheney re-election campaign and at the Republican National Committee. Kristan founded and served as President of both her high school and college pro-life organizations. Kristan first became involved with the pro-life movement after volunteering for a Pregnancy Resource Center during her high school years.
Kristan is a summa cum laude graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia. She resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband, Jonathan and 2 sons, Gunner and Bear.
"My life was spared for a purpose."
Rebecca Kiessling is the author of the Heritage House '76 pamphlet "Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope" (her personal story of having been conceived in rape and nearly aborted at two back-alley abortionists.) Her story has also been featured in Glamour Magazine -- My Father is a Rapist, Marie Claire Magazine -- I Was Born of My Mother's Rape, and with her birthmother on the syndicated program Extra -- Rebecca's Story.
Rebecca has been a pro-life and adoption speaker since 1995 – speaking at events such as Right to Life and crisis pregnancy center fundraisers, rallies, churches, high schools, universities, women's conferences, attorney conferences, adoption events, etc., throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Mexico.
She has been honored by Feminists for Life as one of their internationally-named "Remarkable Pro-Life Women" and their "poster child" for the rape-exception poster "Did I Deserve the Death Penalty?"
She has appeared on CBN's “The 700 Club,” Good Morning America, CNN's Talk Back Live, CBS News, Canada's 100 Huntley Street, EWTN's Life on the Rock, and Facing Life Head-On as a pro-life attorney and as a child conceived in rape.
She is a family law attorney with four pro bono cases of international attention all involving the protection of preborn human life, including the "frozen embryo" case in Michigan. Two of those cases involved rape and abortion. Also, represented a woman sued for not aborting.
She has served as vice-chair of a crisis pregnancy center for two years and on the advisory board of Michigan Nurses for Life and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
She has adopted two children (both from the same birth mother) in open adoptions, attempted to adopt two others (Cassie, who was born with special needs who died at 33 days old, and a foster child who was ultimately adopted by another family in a better placement for her needs), and gave birth to three biological children (second-generation abortion survivors.) and lost two precious babies in the first trimester. She has been married for 11 years and is home schooling mother of 5 -- the oldest is 10.
Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park
"When you see the picture of your daughter underneath a microscope as a two cell little being and then when I gave birth to her and held her in my arms and she looked into my eyes, it makes the gravity and the meaning of what a human embryo is; it drives it home."
The Lancaster family is the first family, in Washington State, to do an embryo adoption. As a couple they struggled with infertility for a number of years, having experienced the pain of several miscarriages. They heard about embryo adoption, while listening to Dr. James Dobson interview a woman on the radio, that adopted another couple’s remaining frozen embryos from fertility treatments. She had a baby girl! Jeff and Maria contacted the same agency, Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Through a miracle, and gift of embryo adoption, they are now the proud parents of Elisha Ramiah. She is a reminder that life begins at conception. Now the Lancaster’s desire is to bring hope to families struggling with infertility, and to offer a solution, and peace of mind, to those that have remaining embryos in the freezer.
Maria Lancaster serves as Executive Director of Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry. She also served as NW Regional Representative for the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign in 2006, a grant funded by the Bush Administration to promote awareness of embryo adoption. She is also founder and President of Galley Resources, Inc., a ship supply company, serving the Alaskan fishing fleet with groceries and supplies for over 20 years. Her personal story, business experience, and educational background are an asset to the new program, Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. She looks forward to serving parents, and the yet to be born children, as a result of this exciting program.
Dr. Anthony Levatino
"Did I kill a great musician or a future president of the United States? I don't know."
Dr. Anthony Levatino is a practicing OB/GYN based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Levatino received his Medical Doctor Degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, New York, in 1976. He completed his rotating medical internship & residency in Obstetrics-Gynecology at Albany Medical Center Hospital in 1980.
After participating in abortions for years, Dr. Levatino had a change of heart following the death of his adopted daughter. Today he is a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists and Christian Medical & Dental Society.
In 1993 he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from the Albany Law School of Union University and was admitted to the New York State Bar and Federal Bar the following year.
His interests include amateur radio and astronomy and he is an instrument rated private pilot with over 600 hours of flying time.
"[The doctor] said if my body was as mangled on the inside as it was on the outside that I would be better off dead."
On January 5th, 1980, Chet McDoniel was born into this life with no arms and shortened legs. Shortly after being born, Chet was given a minimal amount of care by the delivering physician. Then, without telling Chet's parents, the doctor laid Chet in the corner of the delivery room to give him a "chance to die." Chet was very much alive in that delivery room, and still carries the same spirit of fortitude today.
Throughout Chet’s life, he has faced many struggles. Chet remains positive throughout these obstacles, and believes that he has the secret to enjoying life to its fullest. Chet delivers keynote speeches on choosing to be happy, the incredible value of life, and how to overcome insurmountable odds.
Chet graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Radio, Television and Film production. As well as leading worship and speaking, Chet owns his own travel agency, Off to Neverland Travel. Chet, his wife, Joni, and daughter, Hannah, live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area.
Dr. Miriam Pereira
Tepeyac Family Center
"When you're showing them that heartbeat, it shows them that there's a life growing in them. This is a life, it's not a bunch of cells as they used to think before."
Dr. Miriam Pereira is a native of India where she received her M.D. from the Armed Forces Medical College and practiced as an OB-GYN doctor for five years. She completed her residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY in June 2007. Dr. Pereira joined Tepeyac Family Center in 2008 and earned her prestigious Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (F.A.C.O.G.) in 2010.
Founder & President
LIFE Outreach International
"I was the product of a forced relationship and with a doctor's conviction that life was precious and a mother's prayer, I was born."
James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a worldwide Christian relief organization, and the host of “LIFE Today,” a syndicated television program that can be seen by an estimated 300 million households in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Since 1962, James Robison has spoken to millions of people—first through crusade evangelism, and today through television. He has authored more than a dozen books, including Living in Love, The Soul of a Nation, True Prosperity and Thank God, I'm Free.
His book The Absolutes: Freedom’s Only Hope outlines core principles related to current issues and warns of the dangers of relativism.
James Robison has personally inspired religious, political and social leaders for the last four decades and continues to dialogue with a wide range of highly influential people today.
LIFE Outreach International, based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, helps feed 500,000 children throughout Africa and has provided 2,700 fresh water wells to people in 30 countries. The organization also operates LIFE Centers for orphans and responds to crisis situations on six continents.
James and his wife, Betty Robison, have been married since 1963. They have three children and 11 grandchildren.
"I count it as a gift to get to be alive and to get to be an advocate."
Lila Rose, a recent UCLA graduate, has dedicated herself to building a culture of life and ending abortion. At age fifteen, Lila founded Live Action, which is now a growing nonprofit with several chapters in California. Live Action is a youth-led organization which works to expose abuses in the abortion industry and advocate for human rights for the pre-born, using new media to educate and mobilize both local and national audiences.
Lila has led numerous undercover investigations through Live Action, exposing corruption and illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, the nation's biggest abortion chain. Her work has documented rampant sexual abuse cover up, racism, medical misinformation, the willingness to assist sex traffickers, and false statements made by Planned Parenthood executives.
In fall 2006, as a freshman at UCLA, Lila founded the pro-life student magazine The Advocate. The Advocate is now the largest pro-life student publication in the country, distributed at over 300 high school and college campuses with a circulation of 200,000.
Lila is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Show, CNN, EWTN, and The Laura Ingraham Show. Numerous newspapers and blogs have also covered her work, including feature pieces by Reuters, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and National Review. CNN featured Lila in a documentary, "Right on the Edge." The Associated Press and UPI frequently publish stories on Live Action's work. Lila has written for magazines and news groups including Politico, the Hill and First Things. Lila also serves on the board for the Queen of Angels Charitable Trust Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.
Lila's work has merited a number of awards and Lila is a national and international pro-life speaker.
U.S. Representative Chris Smith
"Abortion mills are places of violence, they are not places of healing."
Elected in 1980, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) is in his 16th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith currently serves as chairman of two congressional panels: the Foreign Affairs Committee's Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Subcommittee, and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), also called the Helsinki Commission. In August 2011, he was selected by Speaker John Boehner as chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
Smith has long chaired several bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life Caucus (29 years), Autism (13 years), Alzheimer's (11 years), Lyme Disease (7 years), Spina Bifida (7 years), Human Trafficking (5 years), Refugees (5 years), combating anti-Semitism and serving on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam.
He is the author of America's three landmark anti-human trafficking laws including The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a comprehensive law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers, as well as more than a dozen veterans health, education and homeless benefits laws, and laws to boost embassy security, promote democracy, religious freedom, and health care.
Smith is the author of the $265 million Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 which established a nationwide program for ethical research and treatment using umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells.
National Right to Life Committee
"We need to protect unborn children and we need to protect women."
Carol Tobias became the 9th president of the National Right to Life Committee in April 2011. 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. 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.
She has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, The News Hour on PBS, C-SPAN, and Fox News Channel, as well as 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.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker
"I think most Americans are now coming around to the science of being pro-life."
Roger F. Wicker was elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008. During his time in the Senate, Wicker has championed pro-growth policies to create jobs and has worked to reduce spending, limit federal overreach, and maintain a strong national defense.
Wicker serves as Deputy Whip and is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Veterans Affairs Committee. As Deputy Whip, Wicker works alongside Republican Whip Jon Kyl to promote a conservative agenda and build support for the legislative plan.
Prior to his service in the Senate, Wicker was elected seven times, beginning in 1994, to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He has served Mississippians in the Senate since his appointment to the office by Governor Haley Barbour on December 31, 2007. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the state Senate on behalf of Lee and Pontotoc counties.
Senator Wicker served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Senator is the son of former Circuit Judge Fred Wicker and the late Mrs. Wordna Wicker. He was educated in the public schools of Pontotoc and received his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Wicker is a member of the First Baptist Church Tupelo, where he sings in the choir.
Senator Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of Tupelo. They have three children: Margaret and son-in-law Manning McPhillips; Caroline and son-in-law Kirk Sims; and McDaniel Wicker; and two grandchildren: Caroline and Henry McPhillips.
President & CEO
Americans United for Life
"We like to come into a situation where there's been a tragedy and look for hope and a sense of redemption."
Dr. Charmaine Yoest is President & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), the first national pro-life organization in the nation, whose legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the United States Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.
Dr. Yoest began her career in the White House during the Reagan Administration and served as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President Campaign. She is also the co-author of Mother in the Middle, an examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins.
A regular political commentator, Dr. Yoest has appeared on all of the major networks and cable outlets. In print, Dr. Yoest is quoted regularly and has been published widely. In August 2011, the Christian Science Monitor, in its cover-page profile of her, called Dr. Yoest “pro-life’s kindler, gentler face” and that “she represents the changing face of the antiabortion movement.”
Previously, Dr. Yoest served as the Project Director of the Family, Gender and Tenure Project at the University of Virginia, a nationwide study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She was also a recipient of Mellon, Olin, Bradley, and Kohler Fellowships. She also served as a Vice President at the Family Research Council, one of the largest pro-family public policy organizations in the country.
Dr. Yoest has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Jack, live with their five children in the Washington, DC area.