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Don't Use Their Language! Understanding How Words are Redefined

In this, our second Dr. J Show with Dr. Oas, she discusses the manipulation of words by organizations intent on increasing abortion, artificial contraception, and other forms of so-called "Family Planning." It is vitally important that we know what is meant by such misnomers as "reproductive health" and a myriad of other misused phrases. Dr. Oas also explains how scientific research can be manipulated for desired outcomes by organizations seeking to show an "unmet need" for abortion. She notes that the United Nations’ "non-binding" resolutions against marriage, families, and children, and in favor of promiscuous sexual "freedom," are in fact binding on the U.N. many international organizations, such as UNICEF and the U.N. Population Fund, and thus have a major impact worldwide, particularly in the Third World.

Dr. Rebecca Oas is the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), an international research and policy organization based in New York and Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University. Her research areas include global maternal health and family planning metrics, and she has had articles published in The Hill, The New Atlantis and Christian Journal of Global Health.

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Why Do We Treat Doctors Like Baristas?

Dr. Michael S. Parker, MD, KM is the System Medical Director for OB/GYN Hospitalists Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, Ohio. He is the current President of the National Catholic Medical Association. As a member of the Catholic Medical Association since 1999, he was a founding member of the John Paul II Guild and served as the original guild president. At the level of the national organization, he has served as Regional Director, Regional Director Representative to the Board of the Catholic Medical Association and National Treasurer and Vice-President.

Dr. Parker attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine, receiving his degree in 1989. He remained at The Ohio State University to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993. Dr. Parker was in private practice until 2015 when he left to work for The Cleveland Clinic as an OB/GYN Hopsitalist. While at the Cleveland Clinic, he received certification in Peer-Peer Coaching and served as the Director for Caregiver Wellness for the Women's Health Institute of the Cleveland Clinic tasked with addressing the issue of physician burnout and productivity. Dr. Parker has spoken nationally and internationally on topics related to physician burnout, Natural Family Planning, infertility and side effects of contraception.

In 2004, Dr. Parker converted his OB/GYN practice to NFP only and is trained in all methods of Natural Family Planning, particularly the Creighton Model of Fertility Care. Dr. Parker is involved in mentoring medical and premedical students who wish to experience health care practiced in alignment with Catholic moral and ethical teachings. Along with Dr. Will Turek, he co-hosted the “Catholic Doctors Show” on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, AM 820 for more than 5 years.

Dr. Parker serves as Medical Consultant and Board Member of The Women’s Care Center, a crisis pregnancy center in Columbus, OH. He is also on the Board of The Order of Malta Center of Care in Columbus, Oh, which is a collaborative effort between the Order of Malta and the Catholic Medical Association to provide free health care to the homeless and underserved. Dr. Parker is married to Teresa for 32 years. Together they have 6 children, 25,000 bees, and 2 dogs and an adopted black cat.

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This Pediatrician is Speaking Out Against the Culture in Medicine

Joseph Zanga, M.D., a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Pediatricians (acpeds.org), is a specialist in pediatrics and the retired Chief of Pediatrics for Columbus Regional Health/Columbus Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Zanga was the Distinguished Chair and Assistant Dean in Primary Care at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He also served as Chair of Pediatrics at Loyola in Chicago, and Vice Chair at Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center, and as Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at both LSU and Tulane University.

For a major portion of his career (19 years), Dr. Zanga served as an Associate Professor, then Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. During that time he was Chair of the Division of General Pediatrics and Emergency Care, Director of the Central Virginia Injury Prevention Center, and Director of the Child Protection Committee.

Dr. Zanga is author or co-author of over 30 articles, 15 AAP publications, 20 book chapters and monographs, and numerous abstracts, reports and letters to medical journals. Until recently he served as a reviewer for Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Journal of Medical Ethics, and still serves as reviewer for the Journal of Palliative Care Medicine and The Linacre Quarterly. He was a member of the Board of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health and served an extended term on the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse Medical School. His most recent completed appointment outside the Columbus community was to the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH.

During his term as President of the AAP, Dr. Zanga focused on several major issues, including preprofessional education, workforce, child abuse and other violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, children and the media, sexually transmitted infections/adolescent health, and financial access to health care for all children. He also promoted the importance of family for the health and well-being of children. He continued with many of these as founding President of the American College of Pediatricians.

Married to Christine for 50 years, Dr. and Mrs. Zanga are parents to Catherine, a Charlotte NC, attorney (deceased 2014), and Joseph, Jr., a Medicine/Psychiatry faculty member at Duke and the Durham VA. They are also grandparents to four granddaughters and one grandson.


What Having a Trans Father REALLY is Like

Denise Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families Ministry. Help4Families networks hurting family members with resources, Christian counselors, and personal/group supports. Denise is the Administrator of Family Related Issues with TGIF (Transgender International Fellowship). She has served as a program aid for an alcohol and substance abuse clinic.

Denise is the author of four children’s books that help kids with gender issues in the family, as well as several nonfiction books, including My Daddy’s Secret, Understanding Gender Confusion—A Faith-Based Perspective, and Transgender Confusion—A Biblical Q&A for Families. She is an ordained minister and has a BA in psychology.

She has been interviewed on several faith-based radio and television programs. She is also a conference speaker and presents workshops on gender identity dysphoria and its impact on families.

Denise has led church-based support groups for people with sexual addictions and has assisted groups in an alcohol and substance abuse clinic. She served seven years in a Christian pregnancy center in several roles and implemented an abstinence program, for which she was the director.

Denise has been married for 26 years and has four children.

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How The American Academy of Pediatrics Abandoned Kids for Politics

Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, president and longtime member of the American College of Pediatricians, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1969 and received his M.D. in 1973 from the Medical College of Virginia. While in medical school, he entered the Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship and went on to a pediatric internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology in 1980 at Johns Hopkins. He completed 20 years of service in the Navy Medical Corps, retiring as a Captain in 1991. His final tour of duty was back at the Naval Hospital in Oakland where he was Pediatric Department Chairman and director of the Pediatric residency program. After the Navy, he moved to the Atlanta area to join a multi-specialty private practice, providing general pediatric and pediatric endocrine services, as he had in the Navy. He has maintained academic affiliations throughout his career, at LSU, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Emory, and Morehouse Schools of Medicine. Since 2003, he has been practicing full-time pediatric endocrinology in private practice and is actively involved in clinical research with growth hormone, novel insulins, and GnRH agonists.

He has a long history of advocacy for children through the American Academy of Pediatrics where he served as Chairman of the Uniformed Services West Chapter. Once he moved to Georgia, he became active in that AAP Chapter as Legislative Chairman and Newsletter Editor. He is continually frustrated by the political bent of the National AAP and wants to continue his advocacy role with the College as an organization that actually works for children and their families by strengthening the role of the family without using a lens that focuses only on what is politically correct or expedient. He has maintained his Georgia Chapter membership, but no longer belongs to the national organization. Dr. Van Meter has spoken around the world on the subject of transgender children. His experience began at Johns Hopkins in the 1970’s with Dr. John Money, and he has seen the travesty of continued experimentation on children evolve since then.

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  • American College of Pediatricians: acpeds.org
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Teaching True Gender Identity to Children

DJ Hueneman is the Director of Training and Formation at Ruah Woods Press. DJ has been blessed to introduce thousands of educators to the work of Theology Of The Body through on-site formation.

Ruah Woods is a non-profit ministry that helps men and women live their vocation to love, according to God’s plan, as informed by the Theology of the Body. The Ruah Woods mission field consists of both teaching and healing, facilitated by four clinical psychologists on staff. Their mission is to develop and provide services that integrate the best of psychological science and the truths of the Catholic faith, empowering men and women to more fully embrace and live out their vocation to love according to God’s plan. Ruah Woods Press is the teaching arm of Ruah Woods, providing Theology of the Body catechesis through live formation sessions and printed materials. They're responsible for creating the world’s first supplemental Theology of the Body curriculum for K-2 students.

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Summit 2021 Awards Dinner

Come listen to our three awardees for activism this year. You can find more of their content by purchasing a virtual conference pass from this year's Summit: ruthinstitute.org/summit-2021.

Walter B. Hoye II is both Founder and President of the Issues4Life Foundation, the California Civil Rights Foundation, Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California, co-founder and Executive Member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, a Board Member of The Morning Center (providing free full-service maternity care for women in urban and under-served areas), a published author (Leadership from the IN|SIDE Out), a board member of The Ruth Institute, a full-time pro-life activist, and a leadership consultant.

Katy Faust is Founder and Director of Them Before Us. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College and then received a Fulbright scholarship to Taiwan. Her fluency in Mandarin assisted her when she worked with the largest Chinese adoption agency in the world.

In 2012, Katy began writing about why marriage is a matter of social justice for kids. Her articles/interviews have appeared in USA Today, Public Discourse, LifeSite News, and The Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Eric Metaxas Show, Breakpoint, and ABC Australia. She has filed three amicus briefs supporting children’s rights and advocated on behalf of children with lawmakers in the US and abroad as well as at the United Nations.

Sharon Slater is the president of Family Watch International (FWI) and the chair of the UN Family Rights Caucus. She is a consultant to multiple UN Member States on issues of life, human sexuality, and family policy and the author of the book “Stand for the Family: A Call to Responsible Citizens Everywhere,” also known as the “Family Defense Handbook.” Sharon also serves on the board of directors of No Left Turn in Education and on the board of the Political Network for Values, a global platform and resource for legislators and politicians across the globe defending human life, marriage, family, religious freedom and conscience. Sharon co-chairs the U.S.-based Protect Child Health Coalition (ProtectChildHealth.org) Sharon has directed multiple widely acclaimed documentaries including “The War on Children: The Comprehensive Sexuality Education Agenda,” “Cultural Imperialism: The Sexual Rights Agenda,” and “Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Impact on Marriage, Children and Families.” She is currently the executive director of a series of videos on transgender issues (see at familywatch.org). She and her husband Greg reside in Arizona and have seven children (three of whom are siblings adopted from Mozambique) and twelve grandchildren.


We Need to Take Pornography Seriously. Clear Your Eyes and Mind

Steve Pokorny is a dynamic Catholic speaker, author and TV host who truly inspires his audience to desire and live an authentic Catholic vision for life and love. For over 15 years, Steve has been sharing his unique style of delivery, which captivates audiences of all ages, especially with his witty yet sincere personality.

He has a vast knowledge of the Faith, as well as a strong commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as handed down by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Steve Pokorny offers powerful presentations, retreats, workshops and missions dealing with the critical topics of chastity, love, marriage, and pro-life, as well as freedom from pornography, all from a Theology of the Body (TOB) perspective. While most of Steve’s talks are TOB based, he has many talk topics to choose from or he can customize a presentation or keynote to make a lasting impact on your audience. Steve is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and podcasts from EWTN to Relevant radio and many more.

Readings & Resources

  • Redeeming Our Vision is a 12-part TV series on Shalom World TV (trailer here.) Based on his book Redeemed Vision, Steve walks viewers through the truth about the pornography industry and its effects, revealing how this impacts us all.
  • Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture, Steve Pokorny’s 14-year magnum opus, is a comprehensive and powerful tool not only for those with pornography compulsion, but also for equipping readers with practical ways to help rebuild a culture of beauty and love.
  • Freedom Coaching website: freedom-coaching.net

Dr. J with David Gray! Defending the Family

On Talking Catholic Tonight LIVE, Dr, Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute will on talking about her work, paths to racial reconciliation, and the upcoming Fourth Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, which will honor Pro-life leader Rev. Walter Hoye II.


Walt Heyer Left Being Trans

Walt Heyer was a husband, father and corporate executive who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 42, going from "male" to "female." Eight years later, Walt went back to living as a man again and has been restored to his male gender for 30 years and married for over 20 years. Now Walt has a passion to help others who regret so-called “gender change” and equally passionate about protecting children from irreversible medical interventions.

Walt has appeared on CNN, the BBC and Russia’s Channel One, and participated in scores of other radio and TV media events including Laura Ingram, Glenn Beck and Candace Owens. Walt Heyer has spoken at conferences around the world and his story has been featured in countless articles and documentaries. He’s written over 60 articles for USA Today, The Federalist, Public Discourse and Daily Signal, and authored 7 books, including “Trans Life Survivors” and “Paper Genders.”

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