Fall & Spring MedSFLA Tour Speakers
Freda Bush, M.D. Watch Dr. Bush
Dr. Freda Bush is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and a partner in private practice with East Lakeland OB-GYN Associates in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Metro Jackson and the Henry M. Johnson Women’s Resource Crisis Pregnancy Center. She is active on the Medical Staffs of four hospitals, serving on the Medical Executive Committee of one. Since 1968, she has been involved in women’s health issues and was a Clinical Instructor in Maternity Nursing at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She graduated from Columbia University in New York as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1970. In 1974, she became the Director of Nurse Midwifery Programs at the University of Mississippi, responsible for the education of nurse-midwives and their placement for service in the Southeastern United States. In 1983, she graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Mississippi Medical School. Upon completion of her residency training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, she returned to Jackson where she worked for Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and began private a practice.
Topics: sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases and social behavior education
John Seeds, M.D. Watch Dr. Seeds
Born in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Seeds graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1968 with a BS in Zoology, and from the University of Virginia in 1972 with an MD. Residency in Ob/Gyn was completed at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md, in 1976. Fellowship in Maternal and Fetal Medicine was completed in 1982 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he remained on faculty until December of 1990 and was MFM Fellowship Director from 1987 through 1990. Dr. Seeds moved to the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1990 where he became Director of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and Residency Program Director. Dr. Seeds came to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in April of 1994 as Vice Chair of Ob/Gyn and Section Head of Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He became Residency Program Director in 1995 and Chair of the department in 1996, stepping down in 2010 to become Associate Dean in charge of CME. Dr. Seeds is currently Vice Chair of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Ethics Committee. His research and teaching have centered on prenatal diagnosis and treatment of congenital conditions, and he has published over 100 peer review reports, 28 book chapters and three books. He has spoken at local, regional, and national meetings on pro-life topics, and has presented at two international meetings in Rome.
Topic: “Autonomy and conscience in medical practice”
Dr. Martha Shuping, M.D. Watch Dr. Shuping
Dr. Shuping graduated from Wake Forest University Medical School in 1984, and completed her psychiatry residency at the university medical center in 1988. She practices psychiatry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has more than two decades of experience in helping women and men with mental health problems associated with past abortions within individual therapy and also through abortion recovery group programs. Dr. Shuping is a co-author of published research on abortion and women’s mental health, and is also co-author of the self-help book, The Four Steps to Healing. She has presented workshops on abortion and women’s health issues at the United Nations. She has provided continuing education to physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and clergy in more than a dozen countries on four continents. Dr. Shuping also has experience in helping women in crisis pregnancy situations, first during her undergraduate years serving as a volunteer abortion counselor, and later in a pro-life pregnancy resource center where she served as Executive Director.
Topic: Women’s Mental Health after Abortion
Stephen McCurdy, M.D., MPH Watch Dr. McCurdy
Dr. McCurdy received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1981. During medical school he also attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, receiving a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree. He completed residencies in internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine at the University of California, Davis. He is professor in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences with 60+ peer-reviewed publications and is Director of the UC Davis Master in Public Health (MPH) Program. Dr. McCurdy teaches the preventive medicine and epidemiology components of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s core pre-clinical curriculum. He is a past recipient of an Environmental/Occupational Medicine Academic Award from NIEHS and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of American Medical Colleges for the establishment of a Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Center at UC Davis. He is the proud father of four grown children, including twins.
Topics: abstinence, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and Sex & Public Health
MARGUERITE DUANE, M.D., M.H.A., FAAFP Watch Dr. Duane
Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, is co-founder and Executive Team Leader of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems. Dr. Duane formerly served as the medical director of the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and the Family Medicine Clerkship Director at Georgetown University. She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Duane received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She is also trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator. Dr. Duane has been recognized for her leadership efforts by the American Board of Family Medicine which named her as a 1998 Pisacano Scholar, and by the American Academy of Family Physicians which awarded her the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award in 2002. Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife.
Topic: Natural Family Planning, Alternatives to Prescribing Contraceptives.
William Toffler, M.D. Watch Dr. Toffler
Dr. Toffler has been with the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University since 1985 and serves as the Director of Predoctoral Education. He is the co-founder and National Director of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF), a non-profit organization that promotes compassionate care for severely-ill patients without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. PCCEF physicians affirm an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently of value and that the physician’s roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. He is committed to defending the long-standing, medical prohibition against doing harm and has worked actively to support human life from conception to natural death. He is frequently invited to speak about these and other medical ethical issues at both regional and national conferences. Dr. Toffler has been a member of Focus on the Family Physicians Council for the past six years.
Topics: assisted suicide, advanced directives, natural family planning, breast cancer as it relates to abortion and contraception, medical ethics, conscience protections
Anita Showalter, D.O. Watch Dr. Showalter
Dr. Showalter is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences and Chair of Women’s Health at Pacific Northwest University of Medical Science in Yakima, Washington. She is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has been inducted into the Osteopathic Mentor Hall of Fame. She promotes the intelligent, sensitive care of women understanding the connection of body, mind and spirit. She also promotes a deep respect for life and life processes that reflect intelligent design.
Topics: The Amazing Process of Procreation, Practice as a Prolife OB/GYN: Triumphs and Challenges, Mind, Body, Spirit: The Inseparable Triad
Byron Calhoun, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. Watch Dr. Calhoun
Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He is also the National Medical Advisor for NIFLA, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.
Topics: perinatal hospice, high-risk pregnancies
The following speakers are not on our speaking tour, however they may be available per your request. For more information, please contact MedSFLA.
MEDICAL & RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS
Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Topic: Abortion/Breast Cancer Link
Clement Persaud, PHD
Topics: Stem cell research, reproductive technology
Scott Klusendorf, President, Life Training Institute
Topics: Pro-Life Apologetics, Training, Debates
Steve Wagner, Bio-Ethics Speaker, Stand to Reason
Topics: Pro-Life Apologetics, Training, Debates
Mary Kellett, Founder, Prenatal Partners for Life
Topic: Trisomy 18, Prenatal Diagnosis
Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Topics: Euthanasia & Bioethics (stem cell & cloning)
Arland K. Nichols
Arland Nichols serves as Director of Education and Evangelization for Human Life International. He is Executive Editor of HLI’s online publication, the Truth and Charity Forum. Mr. Nichols is also founding President of The John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family. His work has been published in more than twenty print or online publications including The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Linacre Quarterly, Ethics and Medics, Crisis Magazine, New Oxford Review, Lay Witness, and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly. He has given presentations on virtually every topic that touches upon life, family, and religious liberty. Mr. Nichols speaks frequently at numerous universities, medical schools, hospitals, conferences, and parishes throughout the country, and he is frequently interviewed on television and national radio programs. He and his wife, Cindy have four children, Joseph, Mary Catherine, Thomas, and Therese.
PERSONAL ABORTION EXPERIENCES
Operation Outcry (Speakers in Multiple States)
Topics: Personal Abortion Experience
Silent No More Awareness Campaign (Speakers in Multiple States)
Topic: Personal Abortion Experience
Topic: Survived a saline abortion at 5 months.
ABORTION AND FEMINISM
Serrin Foster, President, Feminists for Life of America
Topics: Feminism and Abortion, Finding Resources for Women
Joyce Ann McCauley-Benner, Affiliate, Feminists for Life
Topic: Joyce was raped at 20 and chose not to abort, not knowing if her unborn son was the result of her rape or her relationship.
Angela Franks, Author
Topics: Margaret Sanger & Eugenics
ABORTION AND RELIGION
Deirdre McQuade, Director of Planning and Information, U.S.C.C.B.
Topics: Catholic Church & Pro-Life
Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life
Topics: God & and Value of Life/Baby Development/Biotechnology
Topics: Father of child born with spina-bifida
Jill Stanek, Columnist and Speaker
Topics: Responsible for the Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Dr. Michael New, Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College
Topics: Pro-Life Success in the States & Success of Pro-Life Legislation