LifeNews.com is an independent news agency devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community. With a team of experienced journalists and bloggers, LifeNews.com reaches more than 750,000 pro-life advocates each week via our web site, email news reports, social networking outreach and weekday radio program.
LifeNews.com also acts as a service provider to furnish news content to media that share the pro-life perspective. The topics covered by LifeNews.com include abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia, bioethics issues such as human cloning and stem cell research, campaigns and elections, and cultural legal and legislative issues as they affect the pro-life community.
Formerly the Pro-Life Infonet, LifeNews.com has been harnessing the power of the Internet since 1992 to bring pro-life news to the pro-life community. We’ve developed a reputation for fairness, accuracy and timeliness in our two decades of service. We are not affiliated with any organization, religious group, political party or church denomination.
Steven Ertelt – Founder and Editor
As the founder and Editor of LifeNews.com, Steven Ertelt has provided the pro-life community with news via the Internet since 1993. He also serves as the President of Colorado Citizens for Life, a statewide pro-life group, and a member of the board of directors of the National Right to Life Committee. He is the past president of Right to Life of Wyoming and previously served as the executive director of Montana Right to Life and the public affairs director for Indiana Right to Life. Mr. Ertelt is also a former president of Students for Life of America. A former radio announcer who has been interviewed on dozens of radio and television programs, Mr. Ertelt holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Hendrix College. Follow him on Twitter @StevenErtelt.
Julie Ertelt – Business Manager
Julie Ertelt is the LifeNews.com Business Manager and coordinates advertising and promotional efforts. She is the Secretary for Colorado Citizens for Life, the statewide pro-life organization. As a former Senior Account Executive and Assistant Branch Manager for a prominent financial firm, Julie is the winner of numerous sales and performance awards. Julie holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Colorado State University. She was a member of the board of directors of LifeChoice Pregnancy Center and is the former Secretary of Right to Life of Wyoming and Right to Life of Laramie County.
Micaiah Bilger – LifeNews.com Staff Writer
Micaiah graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in religion. For five years, she worked as a reporter and religion editor for The Sentinel in Central Pennsylvania. While at the newspaper, she felt called to help protect babies and their moms from the pain of abortion. She moved on to become the education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the state affiliate of National Right to Life. At the pro-life organization, she had the opportunity to speak to thousands of Pennsylvanians about the precious value of every human life. Her writing has been published in newspapers all across Pennsylvania, as well as on national pro-life and religious news sites.
Jim Anderson – LifeNews.com Radio
Jim Anderson helped start three religious radio stations and is currently with Sacred Heart Radio in Seattle. He worked as an announcer and newscaster for several stations around the Pacific Northwest including KCMS in Seattle and stations in Portland, Seattle and Wenatchee, Washington. Over the last 20 years, Jim has served on the campaign staffs of pro-life gubernatorial and state legislative candidates in Washington state. He has been a foster parent, a volunteer in prison ministry, and has worked with troubled and homeless youth including youth in crisis pregnancies.
Maria Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio. She has covered the Ohio legislature as the statehouse correspondent for Ohio Public Radio and was a news producer at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, she serves as the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, a statewide pro-life organization.
Andrew Bair is a bona fide political junkie who is the former Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and is the current Field Coordinator for the National Right to Life Committee. He is also the Director for the National Right to Life Academy, which trains future pro-life leaders and activists. Bair reports on national and statewide political goings-on in the new LifeNews.com blog Pro-Life Politics. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where he was a political science major. Follow him on Twitter @ProLifePolitics.
Laura Echevarria – LifeNews.com Opinion Columnist
Laura Echevarria was the Director of Media Relations and a spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee for seven years. Before joining NRLC in April of 1994, Ms. Echevarria was a radio announcer, a freelance writer and was active in local politics. Echevarria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications. She is currently completing the first of three planned books and recently has written for Touchstone magazine and Human Life Review. She has also been a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Echevarria lives with her husband, their daughter Gabrielle, and their two sons, Peter and Nathan. Both sons have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Follow her on Twitter @LauraEchevarria.
Liberty Pike is Oregon Right to Life’s director of communications. A graduate of Eastern Oregon University with her bachelor’s in business administration, Liberty has been a speaker for ORTL for five years. Her passion and concern are demonstrated as she educates and stimulates conversation about pro-life issues. She and her husband have a young daughter, and motherhood has further fueled her desire to protect the preborn and help women see their children as gifts, not crises. Follow her on Twitter or visit ORTL’s website.
Rebecca Downs is a graduate from Fordham University, where she was involved in the Respect for Life and College Republican clubs, and is now a student at Regent University School of Law. She has written for various pro-life sources, including Live Action News, C-FAM, Secular Pro-Life Perspectives and Juicy Ecumenism. Her particular passion includes politics and she has rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court for pro-life cases. She hopes to attend law school in the future.
LIFENEWS.COM CONTRIBUTING BLOGGERS
Bobby Schindler – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network)
Bobby Schindler is the Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable from the threat of imposed death. In February 1990 his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound cognitive disability. When Terri’s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Bobby and his family were propelled into a life they’d never imagined. Following Terri’s tragic death on March 31, 2005, Bobby gave up his teaching job and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate assisting families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. Follow him on Twitter @BobbySSchindler.
Melissa Ohden – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger
Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Melissa is the Founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, an organization which seeks to educate the public about the prevalence of abortion survivors and the reality of abortion, while also providing support and healing opportunities for survivors. Melissa is an internationally known pro-life speaker and advocate who has been featured on television and radio shows around the world. Her life story and ministry is featured in the award-winning film, A Voice for Life. She was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and she is a former Patron of Real Choices Australia. Melissa and her husband, Ryan, are the parents of five-year-old, Olivia. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaOhden.
Bill Saunders – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Americans United for Life)
William Saunders is the Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life. A graduate of Harvard Law School and member of the Supreme Court bar, he writes on issues of life, law and policy and has published numerous books and legal papers. For the past decade, he served as Senior Fellow in Bioethics and Human Rights Counsel at the Family Research Council. Saunders attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead scholarship and is a columnist for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Follow AUL on Twitter at @aul.
David Prentice – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Family Research Council)
Dr. David Prentice is the Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at the Family Research Council. He spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas, and was at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Texas Medical School-Houston before joining Indiana State, where he served as Acting Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Chair of Life Sciences. Follow him at @stemcellblogs.
Kristan Hawkins – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Students for Life)
Kristan Hawkins is the executive director of Students for Life of America, the national pro-life collegiate group with more than 530 campus affiliates. Hawkins came to SFLA after serving as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. She heads the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition and launched HealthcareforGunner.com in June of 2009, a website dedicated to her son Gunner, who has cystic fibrosis. Follow SFLA on Twitter at @students4lifehq.
Ryan Bomberger – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (The Radiance Foundation)
Ryan Bomberger’s story is one that abortion advocates love to hate—he was born as the result of rape and the example of possibility realized. Today he is the co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, a life-affirming organization that focuses on God-given purpose. Through national media campaigns, powerful speaking engagements, and community outreaches (i.e. SallysLambs.org) Ryan and his wife, Bethany, strive to inspire people to embrace their own intrinsic value. As a national speaker, Ryan addresses a myriad of social issues, especially the most pressing civil rights injustice of our day—abortion. His TooManyAborted.com campaign has caused a media frenzy as it exposes the history of racism and eugenics of Planned Parenthood and its unaltered course. He’s an Emmy® award-winning Creative Director who was once considered “unwanted” but instead was adopted and loved by a multi-racial family of 15. Ryan has bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s in communications. He and Bethany are adoptive parents and have 4 amazing children. Follow him on Twitter @lifehaspurpose.
Cora Sherlock – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Pro Life Campaign)
Cora Sherlock is the Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign, a lobby group which has been working for over 30 years to keep Ireland abortion-free and improve social support for families facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies. She holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from University College, Dublin and a Master’s in Computers and Law from Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a frequent contributor to the Irish media on abortion and end-of-life issues. She is a practising lawyer and tweets on politics, writing and anything else that amuses her. Follow her on Twitter @corasherlock.
Rebecca Taylor – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger
Rebecca Taylor is a clinical laboratory specialist in molecular biology, and a pro-life Catholic who writes at the bioethics blog Mary Meets Dolly. She has been writing and speaking about Catholicism and biotechnology since 2005. In addition to her blog, she is a regular on the nationally syndicated Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick and writes for the National Catholic Register. Taylor has a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of San Francisco with a national certification in clinical Molecular Biology MB (ASCP). Follow her on Twitter @marymeetsdolly.
Luis Zaffirini – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (National Right to Life)
Luis Zaffirini is an official with the National Right to Life Committee in its State Organizational Development office helping to organize pro-life efforts across the country and put on the organization’s national convention. Zaffirini also oversees e-mail marketing, web management, and chapter development for NRLC. Zaffirini is the president of Beltway Right to Life, a new pro-life organization reaching out to the District of Columbia, which has one of the nation’s highest abortion rates.
Mallory Quigley – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (Susan B. Anthony List)
Mallory Quigley is the Communications Director for the Susan B. Anthony List. A resident of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Mallory is a 2008 graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she double majored in Political Science and French. As Communications Director, she oversees SBA List messaging and communications to members of the media and to the grassroots. Mallory first joined the SBA List as an intern in the spring of 2009 before expanding the organization’s social media presence as New Media Coordinator. Prior to joining the pro-life movement full-time, Mallory spent a year teaching English to middle and high school students and learning to ski in La Tour du Pin, France. Follow her on Twitter @sbalist.
Josh Brahm – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger
Josh Brahm is the Education Director for Right to Life of Central California and host of the globally-heard podcast turned radio/TV show: Life Report: Pro-Life Talk. Real World Answers. Josh’s primary passion is helping pro-life people to be “more persuasive and less weird” when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under philosophical scrutiny. Scott Klusendorf, founder and president of Life Training Institute and author of “The Case for Life,” sums up Josh’s expertise in one sentence: “Josh is an excellent communicator, a rising star, and one of the most talented young pro-life apologists I know.” Follow him on Twitter @JoshBrahm.
Lauren Enriquez – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger
Lauren is a pro-life advocate who has been active in the movement since childhood. In high school and college, she led fellow pro-life students in grassroots efforts to defend life locally. While in college, she took a break to work as a Field Agent for Students for Life of America, during which time she started sixteen pro-life college clubs on campuses throughout Florida and Georgia. She interned with Texas Right to Life during summers in college, and after graduating with a B.A. in Classics and Early Christian Literature from Ave Maria University, she worked for Texas Right to Life for a full year as a Legislative and Outreach Associate. Lauren is now a work-at-home wife and mom. Follow her on Twitter @LNEnriquez.
Mike Schouten – LifeNews.com Guest Blogger (We Need a Law)
Mike Schouten has been the campaign director of WeNeedaLAW.ca since its launch in 2012. Mike has had a lifelong interest in politics and the sanctity of human life, and his position as campaign director blends these two passions wonderfully. Aside from directing the day to day affairs of the campaign, Mike has been published many times in the National Post, Vancouver Sun, and the Calgary Herald. He also has been interviewed by Sun News, CBC News, CPAC and various radio talk shows across Canada. Mike lives in Surrey, BC, with his wife Jennifer and their six children. His goal for this campaign is to bury the status quo by helping to enact the first pro-life law this country has seen in 25 years, and his ultimate goal is that Canada will have full legal protection for all pre-born children. Follow him on Twitter @weneedaLAW