Pro-Life Advocate Chuck Colson Showing Signs of Progress

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 5, 2012   |   7:30PM   |   Washington, DC

Chuck Colson, a pro-life Christian writer who has graced the LifeNews web site dozens of times with his insightful analysis and opinion, is showing signs of recovering but is still being monitored closely by doctors.

Colson was in critical condition following emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, has reportedly shown “some early signs of potential for recovery,” according to an AP report. He is currently hospitalized in northern Virginia where he reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage while speaking last Friday.

According to Christianity Today, Colson showed encouraging signs today:

“It’s still very an hour-by-hour, day-by-day process as we’re hoping his condition will improve,” said Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. “It may be a longer process of recovery, but we’re grateful that he is somewhat cognizant.”

Colson had a pacemaker installed recently and had a recent fall, George said.

Colson was giving the opening address at his conference over the weekend when he buckled at the knees, said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who spoke at the conference. Colson sat down to continue his introduction before he was put in a wheelchair and taken to a hospital across from Lansdowne Resort in Virginia.

Colson showed signs of progress Thursday, officials from Prison Fellowship told CT. He can hear, process information and do commands given to him. “And that makes all the difference,” his attending physician said. Colson’s daughter, Emily, said last evening when his doctors were visiting, Colson gave them a “thumbs up.” He continues to be listed in critical condition on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, CT reports that “Eric Metaxas, who wrote biographies on and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, will take over for Colson on his daily radio program that airs every weekday on 1,200 outlets. Metaxas, who wrote for BreakPoint from 1997-1999, will begin on Tuesday and continue for at least a month while Colson recovers.”

Yesterday, Prison Fellowship Ministries issued the following update on the medical condition of its founder:

Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Colson became ill while speaking at the Wilberforce Weekend conference on Friday night.

His attending physician, a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, reports that Colson suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage.  On his arrival at the hospital, the neuroscience ICU stabilized him and took him to the operating room for evacuation of the blood clot in his brain.

Colson is listed in critical condition at this point but has shown some early signs of potential for recovery.

“We believe that we serve a mighty God – the ‘Great Physician’ – and are hoping and praying for Chuck’s full recovery. When I visited him yesterday, I was encouraged to see that as we prayed, Chuck was responsive,” said Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske.

“In the meantime, Easter is on the horizon. As many know, Chuck would rather be in prison on this sacred day than in a hospital or any other place on this Earth. He would want us to be praying just as fervently for Prison Fellowship’s Easter events this weekend in prisons in San Diego and New York, that God would do an amazing work in the lives of the inmates to whom our organization has been called to serve,” Liske added.

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Colson became a Christian following his role in the Watergate scandal which saw him named as one of the Watergate Seven and he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg. After spending time in prison, Colson converted and has spent his life in the non-profit ministry ever since. He is founder and chairman of the Wilberforce Forum, which is the “Christian worldview thinking, teaching, and advocacy arm of” Prison Fellowship, and includes Colson’s daily radio broadcast, BreakPoint, now heard on more than one thousand radio outlets.

In his most recent column at LifeNews, Colson touted the October Baby pro-life film and he lamented the rise of infanticide before that.

“Many of our laws in this country are built upon the fantasy that birth, not existence, bestows a fetus with personhood. If you kill a newborn in the United States, as infamous Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell did for decades, you go to jail. But just minutes prior, that same act of killing can be legal,” he wrote. “This is nonsense. I’m praying that articles from ethicists like Giubilini and Minerva will wake people up to the reality of what they’re justifying. If enough people start to get it, then it won’t matter what a few academic elites think. Legal abortion will crumble before the outcry of decent, moral people, just as it did when early Christians dared to speak out against infanticide and abortion in their time.”

“Tell your friends about this. Press people on it. If they’re not willing to condone infanticide, how can they favor abortion? Maybe they’ll be willing to admit that a person really is a person — no matter how small,” he concluded.