Med Students for Life Speakers


Freda Bush, M.D.

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.

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”

Martha Shuping, M.D.

Dr. Shuping received her M.D. from Wake Forest University Medical School in 1984, and completed her psychiatry residency at the university medical center in 1988. In 2014, she graduated from Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training program “with commendation.” She practices psychiatry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For more than twenty-five years she has helped men and women with mental health problems associated with past abortions, through individual therapy and abortion recovery group programs. Dr. Shuping is a co-author of published research on abortion and women’s mental health, and authored three chapters in Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion, published in 2016. She has presented workshops on abortion and women’s health at the United Nations. She has provided continuing education to physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and clergy in eighteen countries on four continents. She is co-author of the self-help book, The Four Steps to Healing. In the past, she has served as Executive Director of a pregnancy resource center.

Topics: Women’s mental health after abortion; subgroups of women at risk for mental health problems after abortion; intimate partner violence and abortion;  abortion recovery counseling.

Stephen McCurdy, M.D., MPH

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: Sex and Public Health;  Abortion- A Secular Critique; The Post-Hippocratic World; Physician-Assisted Suicide

Marguerite Duane, M.D., M.H.A., FAAFP

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.

Dr. Toffler has been with the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University since 1985 and served as the Director of Medical Student Education for his department for 26 years. He is the co-founder and is the 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 18 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.  

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.

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, FASAM, MBA is a 1979 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School with an MD in 1983. Dr Calhoun is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with board certification in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

He has authored 79 peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented over 100 scientific papers, participated in over 40 research projects, and has published numerous articles on medical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with an adverse prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the West Virginia University-Charleston and is directly involved in resident and medical student education. He licensed in several states and continues to actively practice maternal-fetal medicine, perform diagnostic obstetrical ultrasound, participate in prenatal diagnosis counseling, and provide education to residents and medical students.

Topics: perinatal hospice, high-risk pregnancies

Diana West, PhD.

Following her completion of a PhD in chemistry at the University of Illinois, Dr. Diana West engaged in a breast cancer research fellowship at Northwestern University. She currently serves as a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Chicago, where her work focuses on novel breast and prostate cancer therapies. Dr. West has also delved extensively into the primary scientific literature regarding the consequences of hormone contraceptives on human health, relationships, and the environment.  Furthermore, as a potential alternative to hormonal contraceptives, she discusses scientifically-based, fertility awareness methods as effective reproductive options for women.

Topics: The Pill and Pollution-How birth Control Affects Men and Women; Natural Family Planning

Michael Egnor, M.D.     

Dr. Egnor is a pediatric neurosurgeon and Vice-Chairman of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He trained in medicine at Columbia University and in neurosurgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Egnor has board certification in Pediatric Neurological Surgery and Neurological Surgery. He conducts research on blood and spinal flu die flow in the brain and has published and lectured extensively on the bail science research in the U.S. and Europe. He has also written extensively on philosophy of the mind and on medical ethics and debated fellow neurological specialists on the metaphysical issues in the mind-brain relationship and on issues in medical ethics.

Topic: Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ethical?

Jennifer C, Lahl, RN, President, The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network 

Jennifer is an international speaker, advocate,writer, and filmmaker combining 25 years of pediatric critical care nursing, senior level nursing
management, and graduate training in bioethics to promote a life-affirming conscience in science,medicine, technology, and public policy. She works to challenge biotechnologies that undermine human dignity or expose the vulnerable to abuse.

Topics:  Reproductive Technologies, Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research, Biotechnological Enhancement, Physician-Assisted Suicide, Eggsploitation (film)

The following may also be available to speak to your group. To schedule one of them, please contact your regional coordinator.


Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Topic: Abortion/Breast Cancer Link

Dr. Bill Lile, M.D.
Topics:  Abortion Techniques, Fetal surgery, Planned Parenthood

Dr. Michael New, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Ave Maria University
Topics: Pro-Life Success in the States & Success of Pro-Life Legislation

Clement Persaud, Ph.D.
Topics: Stem cell research, reproductive technology

Dr. Vansen Wong, M.D., Kaiser Permanente & Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Davis
Topic:  Abortion, a Personal Journey


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
President of the John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family


Operation Outcry (Speakers in Multiple States)
Topics: Personal Abortion Experience

Silent No More Awareness Campaign (Speakers in Multiple States)
Topic: Personal Abortion Experience


Melissa Ohden
Topic: Survived a saline abortion at 5 months.


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


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

Henry Jernigan
Topics: Father of child born with spina-bifida

Jill Stanek, Columnist and Speaker
Topics: Responsible for the Born Alive Infant Protection Act