Medical Students for Life Summer Fellowship Starts at Princeton


Pro-life medical students selected to participate in our MedSFLA Summer Fellowship arrived at Princeton University for a week long medical ethics seminar. The first lecture “What is the End of Medicine and why is it important?” was presented by Dr. Farr Curlin, University of Chicago. Dr. Farr’s lecture presents an in-depth examination of the Hippocratic oath.

The afternoon lecture was presented by Dr. Christopher Tollefson, University of South Carolina presented a lecture entitled “An introduction to the natural law tradition, with particular attention to medicine.”

Please pray for our med fellowship that they would allow this week to transform their lives and shape them into future pro-life leaders in the medical community.

Dr. Marguerite Duane Lectures on our Live Webcast Today!

Dr. Duane

Dr. Duane

Dr. Duane will be speaking live at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Campus. Click here to watch live at 1:30pm EST or 12:30pm CST. 

As part of our Medical Students for Life 2013  Spring Tour, Dr. Duane is speaking on Modern Fertility Awareness as an alternative to prescribing birth control pills.

Our belief in the sanctity of life extends into family planning. Delivering medically accurate information on reproductive health plays a huge role in caring for both the mother and preborn baby as a patient. Women who consistently use birth control pills for a 10-15 year time period seriously increase their chances of developing cancer and problem pregnancies. Dr. Duane is providing information on natural methods to  increase or decrease the likelihood of pregnancy without using chemicals to do so.

Dr. Duane is speaking at the following schools this week.

April 11th University of Illinois College of Medicine- Dr. Duane (LIVE WEBCAST)
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 12:30pm CST
  • 1853 West Polk Street, Room 130 Chicago, IL 60612
 April 11th The Medical College of Wisconsin- Dr. Duane
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 5pm
  • 9200 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI
April 12th Northwestern Feinburg School of Medicine – Dr. Duane
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 12pm
  • 420 East Superior Street Chicago, IL 60611

You can watch video recordings of Dr. Duane’s lecture and many more from our tour. Click here.

About Dr. Marguerite Duane

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.

Infamous Abortionist Connected to Death of Young Mother and Her Pre-Born Baby

Early Thursday morning, the woman began suffering chest pain and other discomforts. Her attempts to reach Dr. Carhart were unsuccessful. The woman was taken by her family from her hotel to a nearby hospital emergency room at approximately 5:00 a.m. Efforts by hospital staff to contact Carhart or get informational assistance from the abortion clinic were unsuccessful.

The patient suffered massive internal bleeding into her abdominal cavity. She slipped into a Code Blue condition approximately six times before finally succumbing to her injuries at around 9:30 a.m. The case has been placed with the Medical Examiner for further investigation.

The woman who died and was a victim of a botched 33-week abortion has been identified as 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, of New Rochelle, New York.

A report from pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says two sources confirmed the identity of the victim. Morbilli died Thursday as the result of fatal complications suffered during an abortion at 33 weeks at the hand of late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart. The abortion took place at the Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland.

“Carhart’s alleged victims were 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli and her 33-week-old preborn daughter, Madison Leigh,” Stanek reports. “I have confirmed the identities of the victims through two sources. After a name ID was received from an impeccable informant, sidewalk counselors at the abortion clinic positively identified Jennifer’s obituary photo. Jennifer’s obituary also states she “passed away suddenly.”

“Jennifer was married and a kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary School in White Plains, New York. Jennifer was carrying a wanted baby. At present her registry is still online,” Stanek added. “Approximately two weeks ago Jennifer learned her daughter suffered from fetal anomalies. Jennifer, her husband, her parents, and her sister traveled to Carhart’s late-term Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland.”

Read More Here

Sources: Life News, Operation Rescue & AP

And Then There Were Four….

In 2002, President George Bush signed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” to put an end to the barbaric practice of late term abortion. While this was the first real foothold achieved by pro-life advocates since abortion became legal, the practice still continues with four doctors who work their way around the law by killing the baby before it is technically born. Recent documentaries and news stories have tried to portray these so-called “doctors” as heroes of the abortion rights movement, but the fact still remains this procedure is infanticide and runs counter to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. The BBC recently ran an story trying to humanize these so-called “doctors” by painting them as courageous warriors of compassionate care. Anyone with a conscience knows this is the furthest thing from the truth.

Doctors providing abortion services at any stage of pregnancy have been steadily declining over the last forty years as medical science and public outcry have exposed the abortion procedure as violently ending a human life. Still, abortion advocates are trying to circle the wagons to make their last stand before the entire abortion industry collapses. The following article is an example of the great depths abortion advocates are sinking to justify their medical malpractice.

After Tiller: America’s four late-term abortion doctors

BBC January 30th 2013

Just four doctors provide late-term abortions in the US. They are the subject of a new documentary that chronicles their work.

Only one movie at last week’s Sundance Film Festival was so heavily guarded that the premiere required armed security and metal detectors.

But the stringent measures were not imposed to protect A-list celebrities, or the high-priced jewelry they sometimes wear to red-carpet events.

Instead, the ring of steel was there to ensure the safety of LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella.

They are the four doctors who feature in After Tiller, the documentary by filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

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If not us, who will do it? At the end of the day, it is about healthcare. We are providing a service to women”

LeRoy Carhart

George Tiller, one of the most prominent abortion doctors in the US, was assassinated in 2009 while worshiping at his local Kansas church with his family.

In the wake of Tiller’s death, filmmaker Wilson found herself confounded by its irony – a man being killed in church by a religious zealot – and struck by the doctor’s dedication.

“Why on earth would someone risk so much for so little reward?” she asked.

“I wondered who was left to carry out third-trimester abortions, his specialism, now he was gone.”

Before his death, Tiller trained the four remaining doctors.

They are now scattered across the country – 71-year-old Carhart in Maryland, 74-year-old Hern in Colorado, and Robinson and Sella, both in their 60s, working out of the same clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Read More About these Monsters of Medicine


They Said No

Written by: Alliance Defending Freedom

Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day’s shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can’t see coming.

It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje’s turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors’ questions – when another nurse hurried up beside her.

“Oh, something just happened, you won’t believe it,” the woman said, visibly excited. “I have it in my hand.” She held up a clenched fist, palm up. “I have it in my hand,” she said again.

“What do you have in your hand?” Beryl asked, bemused at the woman’s demeanor.

“Do you want to see?”

“Yes,” Beryl said – and instantly regretted it.

The other nurse opened her hand to reveal the tiny, tiny form of a baby, just aborted.

Read More Here 

Pro-life Med Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

Medical Students for Life (MedSFL) is proud to announce our 2nd MedSFL Summer Fellowship June 17th through July 19th. This opportunity is open to all medical students prior to the beginning their second year. Ten selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long didactic lecture series in Washington, D.C. presented by top medical professionals, researchers, and legal experts. Transportation, food and lodging costs for the week-long course will be provided.

Following the week-long didactic lecture series, each student will complete a 4- week externship in their related fields that meets the program qualifications. Fellows will receive a stipend to offset living expenses incurred during the externship. At the end of the 4-week externship, students will gather again for a research conference to present a translational bioethics research paper created during their externship under their respective mentor. Externs will be coached to prepare manuscripts for a peer-reviewed medical journal publication.

Qualified Rotations will include those which: (1) are with a board-certified medical professional or researcher with appropriate credentials in good standing, (2) are with mentors accepted as Externship Mentors by the MedSFLA program (a list of qualified mentors will be provided following submission of a student’s CV), (3) allow students to produce and present a research paper at the closing research conference.

1st Application Step: Students must submit a cover letter and CV no later than January 25th to the Admissions Board Liaison ( If you are selected as a potential candidate a tentative acceptance letter, approved Externship Mentors list to choose from the mentors they wish to study under, and a formal application will be provided.

2nd Application Step: Students must submit their completed application forms (along with externship mentor selections) to the Admissions Board Liaison ( by January 29th. Students will be notified of final decisions by January 31st. After a final decision has been reached, a formal acceptance letter will be issued.



Abortion Referrals as Compassionate Care?

By: Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life

I was recently contacted by an OBGYN wanting to get involved with Medical Students for Life as a mentor or speaker. The doctor was very delightful and you could tell by her voice she had a passion for life, but there was something not settling right with me.

You see, in the initial discussion we had over email, she shared her passion for the pro-life cause and wanted to share her pro-life views with others. She further explained that on occasion she referred some of her patients to a “safe” abortion clinic!?!…….Yes that alarm bell going off in your head was exactly what I heard.

During our phone conversation, I asked about her claim of being pro-life and yet referring her patients for abortion. She asked what else she was supposed to do for her patients asking for abortion services. I gently challenged her by saying, she was not practicing as a pro-life physician nor was it consistent with her Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Though she thought she was being compassionate, she was the primary care provider to both the mother and the growing fetus inside her. If she sends her patients to the abortion clinic, one or maybe both are not coming back to her clinic for a follow-up visit because one or both of them would be dead from the abortion. Referring patients for abortion is lethal and uncompassionate to both patients.

I also compared abortion referrals to the blacksmith who was asked to fix slave chains for a slave owner in the early 1800’s. The blacksmith was against slavery and had to say no to the slave owner and refused to refer the slave owner to another blacksmith.

Refusing to refer for abortion is the compassionate thing to do for your patient. The physician’s role is to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort. Not to assist in taking a life.

I believe this doctor was divinely inspired to contact Medical Students for Life and to be challenged on her practice. I believe fully that our conversation was a new starting point for her. Please pray for doctors across the country to live out their convictions fully without compromise.

Medical Student Resources are Now Available on Our Website

Did you know Medical Students for Life of America provides your medical group with medically accurate prolife resources for your school year? We are proud to announce free online resources for your group at our Med Students for Life website.  We know you are busy with medical school and we are here to help your group educate your peers and grow.

Under the med resources tab you will find:

  • Medically accurate flyers on issues such as Perinatal Hospice, Conscience Rights, Fetal Development.
  • Print off our Local Medical Resource Sheet for Medical students in their 3rd and 4th year so you can refer your patients to prolife physicians and resources
  • We also offer free webcast you can share with your group members on relevant issues facing med students.
  • Need help planning your school year for your Med group? Check out our calendars with event ideas and identified medical awareness months.
  • We also offer references to pro-life peer-reviewed articles in our online library to help you with research for your papers

We are here to serve you and to help you excel in your education. Please let us know if you have any other resource ideas you have for your school year. Check back often as we will be increasing the number of free resources available to you.

Fall Med Students for Life Tour Swings Through Mayo Medical School

Tomorrow, The Med Students for Life Tour will be at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. Mayo CMA & CMDA will present Dr. Bill Toffler @12:00PM CST at 2-35 Kendall Hench Hall Guggenheim Building 3rd Ave SW Rochester, MN 55905. Dr Toffler will be speaking about Physician Assisted Suicide from the doctor-patient relationship perspective. .

Dr. Toffler has been with the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University since 1985 and serves as the Director of Predoctoral Education. He is the co-founder and 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 six years.

Also, please pray that Dr. Toffler will reach the hearts and minds of the many medical students he will meet. If he can change just one heart tens of thousands of lives will be saved!

So far in the tour Dr. Toffler has spoken at UC Davis, Dartmouth and University of Minnesota. Mayo will mark his 4th appearance out of five on our Fall Med Tour. If you are in the Rochester area, please join us for tomorrow’s lecture.

UK Health Secretary, Backs 12-Week Abortion Limit

By Myles Collier , Christian Post Contributor

In a new shift, Britain’s new health secretary insisted that there should be a reduction in the time limit for women who are considering getting an abortion. The remarks have already produced criticism from several women’s rights organizations.

Jeremy Hunt, who recently assumed his new role of health secretary, explained that while he understands the seriousness concerning this debate, he feels that reducing the time limit from 24-weeks to 12-weeks is the right point to start with when considering the moment life starts.

“Everyone looks at the evidence and comes to a view about when they think that moment is, and my own view is that 12 weeks is the right point for it … It is just my view about that incredibly difficult question about the moment that we should deem life to start,” Hunt told The Sunday Times U.K. during an interview.

Hunt did not cite any specific scientific evidence to explain his position, nor did he assume any religious motives for his statement.

“It’s just my view about that incredibly difficult question about the moment that we should deem life to start. I don’t think the reason I have that view is for religious reasons,” Hunt said.

The statements were made a day before the annual Conservative Party conference began on Oct. 7 and quickly drew criticism from abortion advocacy groups, which said they would challenge any attempt to change the current law.