2016 Guest Speaker Biographies
Reggie Littlejohn, Women's Rights without Frontiers
Reggie Littlejohn is the founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org. A graduate of Yale Law School, she is an acclaimed international expert on China’s One Child Policy. Her organization has been called the “leading voice” in the battle to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide (the sex-selective abortion of baby girls) and sexual slavery in China.
Reggie has testified eight times at the United States Congress, three times at the European Parliament, twice at the British, and has spoken at the Irish and Canadian Parliaments, the Hague, United Nations, State Department, White House, and the Vatican.
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is also saving lives in China. Their “Save a Girl” campaign finds women who are about to abort or abandon their babies because they are girls and enables them to keep their daughters by providing the family with monthly stipends for a year. They have saved hundreds of baby girls.
Reggie’s work has been reported by a wide variety of media, including NPR, Reuters, CNN, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the National Review, Breitbart, Voice of America, LifeSiteNews, EWTN, National Catholic Register, Vatican Radio and Glamour Magazine.
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. partnered in an event commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. Cong. Chris Smith, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, and Reggie spoke to a packed auditorium. She was also a featured speaker, together with Rep. Smith and Chen Guangcheng, at the Victims of Communism Memorial Conference in 2015.
Reggie was given the “National Pro-Life Recognition Award” at the 40th March for Life in DC in 2013. That same year, she was the keynote speaker of the Canadian March for Life, as their focus was ending gendercide. She resides in San Jose, CA with her husband and 13-year-old daughter Anni Zhang, whom she rescued from China with the help of Rep. Chris Smith.
Jennifer Lahl, Center for Bioethics and Culture
Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking.
She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine and on the Board of Reference for Joni Eareckson Tada’s Institute on Disability. In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film,Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. An updated and expanded version of Eggsploitation was released in the Fall of 2013. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and Co-Writer of Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. In 2014 she completed what is now a trilogy of films on the ethics of third-party reproduction with Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which focuses on surrogacy. In July of 2015, she released a documentary short, Maggie’s Story, which follows one woman’s egg donation journey.
Peter Lawler, Berry College
Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He also serves as executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and on the Georgia Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was a member of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics, received the Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters, and was a Georgia Author of the Year in 2010. Among his many books are Stuck with Virtue, Aliens in America, Allergic to Crazy, Postmodernism Rightly Understood, and American Heresies and Higher Education. He has written well over 200 articles and chapters for a wide variety of venues and has spoken at over 100 American colleges and universities.
Susan Yoshihara, C-Fam
Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-Fam Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger, 2010) and editor of Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics (Potomac Books, 2012).
Before joining C-Fam, Susan was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College where she taught national security decision making and international relations. In her twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, she held the rank of Commander, led combat logistics and search and rescue units in the Pacific and Persian Gulf, advised the Atlantic Fleet commander, and worked for the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade as a White House Fellow. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her husband, Toshi, and their two daughters.
Steve Wagner, Justice for All
Steve Wagner is the Executive Director of Justice For All. He has spent hundreds of hours interacting with abortion-choice advocates on over 50 university campuses in the United States and Canada.
Frustrated by shallow stereotypes and disrespectful activism, he passionately works to build common ground in the seemingly endless abortion debate and make a reasonable and clear case for the pro-life position. He has debated professors at the University of Toronto and California State University and regularly trained students at the Focus Leadership Institute of Focus on the Family for seven years.
Steve is the author of Common Ground Without Compromise: 25 Questions to Create Dialogue on Abortion (2008), and he contributed to Apologetics for a New Generation (2009) and the Youth Apologetics Study Bible (2010). A native Californian, Steve now resides with his wife, Rebeccah, and their four children in Wichita, Kansas. In his spare time, Steve enjoys good coffee and conversation, marveling at the improvisations of his kids, writing songs, living in community, and thinking of ways to surprise people.
Christina Bennett, ABC Women's Center
Christina Marie Bennett is a Client Services Manager at the ABC Women's Center, a life-affirming, non-profit pregnancy resource center in CT. Along with serving pregnant women in crisis, Christina is a writer for LiveAction News and a speaker for the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. Christina graduated from Southern CT State University with her B.S in Business Communications. In college Christina learned she was scheduled to be aborted but her mother left her appt.after a janitor told her God would give her the strength to have her baby. Christina believes God saved her life and she is a licensed Christian minister, wife and stepmother.
Kristine Kruszelnicki, Pro-Life Humanists
Kristine Kruszelnicki is a passionate advocate for fetal rights and has been involved with the pro-life movement since 1996. Kristine delights in bringing the secular case for fetal rights to the most hostile of audiences: the predominantly pro-choice atheist community. Every year she attends several Atheist conventions with the intent of having face-to-face relational dialogue with pro-choice atheists, patiently changing many minds in the process. She has even dared interact with famous atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Penn Jillette and many more! Her first formal debate, against Atheist Experience’ Matt Dillahunty, has now been seen by nearly 130,000 youtube viewers. She also engaged in an informal debate on the Atheistically Speaking podcast with Thomas Smith, and her defense of the secular case against abortion was featured on Hemant Mehta’s very well-read Friendly Atheist blog. Kristine has been interviewed for a number of documentaries and TV segments, with featured appearances in atheist Scott Burdick’s “In Reason We Trust“, and John Morales’ acclaimed pro-life documentary “40” (The 40 Film).
Ifeoma Anunkor, Human Life Review
Ifeoma Anunkor is the McFadden Fellow at the Human Life Review and director of EXPECT the Review's new initiative for reaching young professionals and college students. She plans forums for intellectual discussion and social engagement among young adults. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University and researches and writes on pro-life laws and culture.
Nadja Wolfe, World Youth Alliance
Nadja Wolfe, a native of Massachusetts, has been interested in human rights since she first learned about modern day slavery when she was thirteen. She graduated from Washington & Lee University where she majored in Russian Area Studies and Theatre Arts with a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. As a Bonner Leader/AmeriCorps volunteer she worked at a women’s shelter and as an English teacher for refugees. She taught English in Moscow, Russia, for two years before pursuing a law degree at William & Mary, taking electives in human rights and international law. Following her graduation, she became an advocacy fellow at World Youth Alliance, a global coalition of young people dedicated to the promotion of human dignity in policy and culture. Director of Advocacy since 2015, she oversees WYA’s efforts at the United Nations and around the globe.
Fr. Bryan Page, St. Leo's Church
Father Bryan Page is the Parochial Vicar of St. Leo's Church in Elmwood Park, NJ; Chaplain to Hard as Nails Ministries; and former Chaplain to Princeton University. Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Fr. Page, graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and worked for a time at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC before entering seminary. Father Page has served as a priest at Our Lady of the Lake in Verona, NJ; as Chaplain to the Father James J. Kelly Council of the Knights of Columbus, of which he is a 4th degree member; as Chaplain to Rutgers-Newark, NJIT, UMDNJ and Essex County College, as well as Chaplain to the Division 9 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; he participated at the 200th Anniversary of the Congress of Vienna in Austria, as well as the Liechtenstein Colloquium on the Future of European Security, and is a frequenter of conferences across Europe on issues of International Security. Father Page is a founding member of the Presbyteral Chesterton Society, and has served the Archdiocese of Newark on the Vocations Board and Priest Personnel Board.
Peter Wicks, Elm Institute
Peter Wicks, Ph.D., is Director of the Elm Institute. Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Dr. Wicks came to the United States as Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Graduate School before pursuing his doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Elm Institute he taught in Villanova University’s Ethics Program as a Catherine of Siena Fellow. His main research interests are the contemporary applications of Aristotelian ethical and political thought and the intellectual foundations of utilitarianism. He is currently completing a book, The Ethics of Peter Singer: A Study of Utilitarianism in Theory and Practice, which examines the sources of the appeal of utilitarianism in contemporary culture through a critical engagement with the work of the philosopher Peter Singer. He is the co-editor, along with Kelvin Knight, of the second edition of The MacIntyre Reader, which will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2017.