Christian Doctor’s Digest – January 2013
On a special January 2013 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest, we focus on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade and the impact that has had on our nation. Gianna Jessen shares her testimony and about the movie inspired by her life, October Baby. Priscilla Coleman discusses the issue of depression that often affects women who have had abortions. Brian Stillwell, MD explains the Endowment for Human Development and the tools they provide in helping us learn about unborn life. Dr. John Wilke, the “father” of the right to live movement, talks about the movement’s early history and where it is going now.
Meet Our Guests
Ginna Jessen is the survivor of a saline abortion. After being burned alive for approximately 18 hours in the womb from the saline solution, Gianna was delivered alive in a Los Angeles County abortion clinic. She weighed a mere two pounds at birth and doctors said she would never be able to hold up her head, sit up, crawl or walk. She began to walk by the age of three with the help of leg braces and a walker. One result of the abortion is that Gianna has cerebral palsy. But she doesn’t let it stop her, as she walks with only a slight limp and runs in marathons. Her story has been covered by many major news media outlets including the BBC News and World Radio, Sky News and The Good Morning Show in England. She speaks to a wide variety of audiences including churches, ministry retreats, various corporations and secular and Christian youth organizations and schools. She has also appeared several times before Congress. The 2011 film October Baby is loosely based on her life.
Priscilla Coleman, PhD
Priscilla Coleman, PhD, is professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her PhD training was in lifespan developmental psychology at West Virginia University, graduating in 1998. After a four-year post at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Dr. Coleman joined the faculty at BGSU in 2002. The outlets for her nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles have been in various disciplines including psychology (developmental, clinical and social areas), family studies, education and medicine (psychiatry, general practice, obstetrics and gynecology). She is currently on the editorial boards for five international psychology and medical journals. Dr. Coleman has published more peer-reviewed articles on the mental health implications of abortion than any other researcher in the world and she frequently presents her research to audiences across the U.S. and elsewhere. In recent years she has spoken in Australia, England, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Portugal. In 2012, Dr. Coleman presented research findings at Parliament Houses in the UK, New South Wales and Queensland. She has also been invited to speak at the UN on more than one occasion and has served as an expert in several state and civil court across the U.S.
Brian J. Stillwell, MD
Brian J. Stillwell, MD, is the founding president and CEO of the Endowment for Human Development (EHD). Dr. Stillwell received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and an MD from the University of Massa-chusetts Medical School. He completed a family practice residency at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, serving as chief resident his senior year. He recently concluded a 13-year career in emergency medicine and is a former diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Stillwell is the primary researcher and author of The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD and oversees content development for EHD’s human development education program. For more information about the Endowment for Human Development, visit www.edh.org.
John Willke, MD
John Willke, MD, is president of the Life Issues Institute. For 10 years, he served as president of the National Right to Life Committee, and since then of the International Right to Life Federation. His daily five-minute radio program was carried on almost 400 radio stations for two decades. His one-minute Life Jewels comments were on more than 1,000 stations. Dr. Willke practiced medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio for 40 years, where he was on the senior attending staff of the Providence and Good Samaritan hospitals. Dr. Willke and his wife Barbara are authors of Why Can’t We Love Them Both, which succeeded their classic books, beginning with Handbook on Abortion in 1971. These have been published in 21 languages worldwide. They are also the authors of eight other books. Their works have been translated into 32 languages. He is listed in 12 different regional and national Who’s Who editions. They are parents of six children and 22 grandchildren.