"Defending Life" Season 4 (1999)
These episodes give a realistic look at the many dimensions of the tragedy of
abortion, at the progress which the pro-life movement is making to counteract
it, and at the work that remains to be done. Following are short summaries of
the contents of each show.
Show 1: We Are Winning
If your confidence in pro-life work needs a boost, this show is for you. Fr.
Frank Pavone offers concrete evidence that the pro-life movement is succeeding,
and explains some of the best strategies to bring that victory to completion.
Show 2: Ways to Save Lives
You can save many lives as a result of this show, in which, among other
things, Fr. Frank Pavone gives a whole range of hotline numbers that can be
called any time of the day or night from anywhere in the USA, and the caller
will be given concrete alternatives to abortion. Also hear a powerful new
pro-life song which Dana wrote based on Fr. Frank's reflection on the words
"This is my body," used in opposite ways by the Lord and by the abortion
Show 3: My Years in the Abortion Industry
Lorraine LaNeve worked for the abortion industry for five years, helping to
set up abortion facilities, lobbying, and assisting in the procedure itself. In
this stirring interview, she reveals the horrors of what really goes on inside
abortion facilities. She speaks of how the children are killed, how the women
are degraded, and how the abortion mentality distorts the minds of those who
embrace it. She also reveals a startling incident that made her realize it was
time to get out.
Show 4: The Most Feared Pro-life Organization
Mark Crutcher, founder and president of Life Dynamics, Inc., discusses his
new booklet, Access, which describes why the abortion industry is
collapsing, and how that fact is illustrated by quotes from within the abortion
movement. Mark also explains why "legal abortion" does not mean "safe abortion,"
and how to use one of our most powerful tools against it: abortion malpractice
Show 5: How My Daughter's Abortion Killed Her
Deborah Cardamone and Kay Stile each had a daughter who obtained a "safe and
legal" abortion. Deborah's daughter Marla died as a result (as
many others have) and Kay's daughter Christie ended up
in a persistent vegetative state for life. In this emotional interview, they
explain what happened, and how they try to cope with it.
Show 6: Christians United in Defending Life
Fr. Frank Pavone explores the ecumenical aspects of the pro-life movement with a
United Methodist pastor and pro-life activist, Rev. Paul Stallsworth. He also
discusses the work of the American Life League with its president, Mrs. Judie
Show 7: Let the Healing Begin: The Church and Post-Abortion Grief
In the last ten years, the number of programs for post-abortion healing have
multiplied, and in the last three years the numbers of those coming to them has
greatly increased. Fr. Frank Pavone discusses with Dr. David Reardon why this is the case, and how the
Church and the pro-life movement are responding.
Show 8: A Pro-life Campus: Tips from a College President
The pro-life message belongs on the university campus. In this show, Fr.
Frank speaks with Dr. Joseph Hagan, who served as the president of a Catholic
college for twenty years, and discusses how college students can successfully
proclaim the message of life. Fr. Frank also speaks with Brian Belli, president of Seminarians for Life.
Show 9: Reflections of a Pro-life Doctor
This show consists of two interviews. One is with Dr. George Isajiw, past president of the Catholic
Medical Society, who discusses why the practice of abortion is inconsistent with
the calling of a doctor, and also lays to rest the myth that abortion is ever
medically necessary. The second is with George and Marlys Johnson, who are responsible for
developing a simple and effective technique for spreading the pro-life message:
pro-life bank checks.
Fr. Frank speaks with Kathy McConn, the founder of an exciting new pro-life
project which activates local parishes to respond to the needs of women in the
community who are pregnant and in need. The Gabriel Project, by which the parish
announces the good news that alternatives to abortion are available, and then
fulfills the concrete needs of those who come forth, is now a major aspect of
the work of Priests for Life.
Show 11: Outreach to the Young
For those born after 1973, Roe vs. Wade is a personal insult in its assertion
that "the word person…does not include the unborn." The youth of today
are rising up with a strong voice for life, and in this segment Fr. Frank
interviews some of them, as well as those who work with them to be chaste and to defend
Show 12: A Psychiatrist Looks at Abortion Fallout
Dr. Philip Ney
provides a fascinating interview about what abortion does to surviving siblings,
as well as to those who perform the procedure. Fr. Frank speaks of the Society
of Centurions, an international association of former abortion providers, whom
Dr. Ney helps on the long road of healing.
Show 13: Defending Life Around the World
Fr. Frank interviews Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, and Fr. Richard Welch, C.Ss.R., of Human Life International, and Austin Ruse, who follows closely the activities of the
United Nations as they impact pro-life and pro-family concerns.