Pro-Life Activist Resigns From Pharmaceutical Company Over Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 7
, 2007

Mt. Laurel, NJ ( — When former staff writer Paul Nowak realized the work done by his employer, a pharmaceutical company, conflicted with his Catholic and pro-life beliefs, he turned in his resignation – even before locating another job.

“To me, there wasn’t really a choice,” said Nowak, who had worked as a technical writer for the company. “I could not live with the idea that my efforts were aiding the abortion industry, not matter how distant or insignificant my contribution would have been.”

Though he could not comment on the nature of the issue, or his former employer, Nowak said that the nature of his position meant he was not involved in the company’s service to the pro-abortion industry. However, he still could not reconcile working there.

“It is becoming impossible for a Catholic to work in the pharmaceutical industry,” commented Nowak. “It’s not just pharmacists and researchers anymore – now even those of us in administrative or other office jobs cannot avoid giving aid to those causes, namely abortion and contraception, which we morally oppose.

“Even if our employers do not deal with the abortion industry directly, their partners, clients, or other members of their strategic alliances may do so – and by serving one company we inevitably end up serving those who do what we believe to be wrong.”

Nowak is now planning to offer his services to the pro-life community as a freelance writer, particularly of press releases and other marketing and other media relations activities.

His background as a press release writer for the Franciscan University of Steubenville and as a staff writer for the pro-life news service,, have given him the opportunity to hone his skills, particularly for Catholic and pro-life organizations and businesses.

“My family and I are certain that God will see us through this difficult time,” said Nowak. “Putting one’s beliefs into practice in the real world is not easy; in fact it is often a hardship. However, that should not keep us from doing the right thing when the opportunity arises, or more importantly, when the circumstances demand it of us. “

As author of Guerrilla Apologetics for Life Issues (ISBN 0977223418) and Guerrilla Apologetics for Catholics (ISBN 097722340X), Nowak is also making the eBook editions of those titles available on his website,, for only $2. Print editions of the books can be found on his website, or on and other retailers.