The Defending the Right to Human Life Around the World Luncheon

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The bios of our distinguished panelist (below) speak for themselves.

Lord David Alton

Co-founder of Jubilee Campaign in Parliament and the Epiphany Trust, Alton is Professor of Citi- zenship at Liverpool John Moores University and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of St.An- drews. He worked as a teacher for seven years be- fore becoming a Member of Parliament. After 8 years as a City Councillor, he served for 18 years in the Commons - where he was Liberal Chief Whip and for the past 14 years he has sat as an Independent Crossbench Peer. He is a trustee, patron or president of a number of charities and voluntary organisations (details at www.davidalton. net), is a Foundation Governor of the Liverpool Bluecoat School and is a Governor of Stonyhurst College. His eleven books include "Citizen Virtues" and "Pilgrim Ways". He and his wife Lizzie have four children.


Chuck Donovan

President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Mr. Donovan worked as a writer for President Reagan, helped to lead the Family Research Council for nearly two decades and most recently served as Senior Research Fellow in Religion and Civil Soci- ety at The Heritage Foundation. Chuck has played key roles in the development of public policy re- garding public financing of abortion, compassion- ate alternatives to abortion, the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, and rights of conscience. Donovan is the author or co-author of books and monographs on family topics. Appearances on national radio and television include CNN's Inside Politics and ABC's Nightline as well as programs on FOX, BBC, NPR, EWTN and CBN. His articles and commentaries have been featured in numerous publications. Donovan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Notre Dame.


William Saunders

Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL), Mr. Saunders oversees all of AUL's legal work and is directly responsible for its international projects. Mr. Saunders attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead scholarship. He obtained his degree in law from the Harvard Law School. Mr. Saunders articles on issues such as human rights, international law, and the family have appeared in a variety of journals. He has also lectured, and/or has been published, in many foreign countries, including Italy, Ger- many, Poland, Slovakia, Mexico, Qatar, Malaysia, Romania, the Philip- pines, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Saunders' served on the United States delegation to the UN Special Session on Children in 2001/02. In 2004, he served on the NGO Working Committee in connection with the Doha Intergovernmental Conference for the Family. In 1999, Mr. Saunders founded Sudan Relief and Rescue, Inc., to aid the persecuted church in Sudan.


Marie Smith

Marie Smith is the Director and Founder of the non-partisan Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI), based in Washington, D.C., an international network to advance a culture of life globally through law and policy operating under the auspices of the Gospel of Life Ministries. Mrs. Smith meets and communicates with elected and appointed officials, pro-life and pro-family leaders, and religious leaders of all faiths to share ideas, policies, and strategies to advance respect for life and build pro-life leadership in capitals around the world. Mrs. Smith is a frequent speaker at international and domestic conferences presenting the tactics and strategies of international pro-abortion lobby including in Brussels, the Vatican and throughout Latin America. Marie Smith was previously the International Director of Feminists for Life (FFL), where she advocated for pro-life, pro-woman policies globally and at the United Nations. Together with her husband Congressman Chris Smith, the Smiths are the parents of four grown children and have two grandchildren.


Samuel B. Casey

Managing Director & General Counsel of the Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project, Casey is a public interest lawyer who is well-known for his defense of the sanctity of human life. As a pro-life advocate, he has appeared on various radio and television talk shows and been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. Mr. Casey received his BA in English from Stanford University in 1973 and his JD in 1977 with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the USF Law Review. Mr. Casey has already filed and is currently working on additional detailed agency comments opposing the HHS Mandate. Mr. Casey is a founding organizer of Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and serves on its advisory board. He has served as the founding chair of the Alliance Defense Fund and the Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Working Group and is an organizational representative within the Freedom2Care Coalition.