Dr Jack Willke, who with his wife Barbara, was a pioneering force of the pro-life movement, left planet Earth on Friday, 2-10-15.
He leaves behind six kids and 22 grandchildren, and a legacy of educational work in the area of human sexuality, and the logic of opposition to abortion. Dr Willke practiced family medicine in an era when it was common for such practitioners to “do it all”, including gynecological and obstetric care. He was the one who noted that rape, as a stress factor, was naturally less conducive to pregnancy. Although fertility docs have long advised stress reduction to address infertility issues, such an idea became anathema when uttered by conservative politicians.
Your friendly Pharmer, has some incidental connection with the Willkes, due to geographical location, profession, and having sought advice from the media savvy Dr. Willke, after being fired from a retail pharmacy for pro-life reasons. He minced no words when describing what to expect from encounters with journalists, and he was absolutely correct.
Just before his death, Dr. Willke released a final book “Abortion and the Pro-Life Movement: an Inside View. It is available HERE, and may soon be out on Amazon. His earlier book, Abortion Questions and Answers: Love Them Both is available Online at Life Issues Institute. There are some used copies of The Handbook on Abortion, (1979) being on Amazon.com, which might sell out pretty fast.
Be sure to listen to an interview given by the good physician shortly before his death. Dr. Willke was an ambulatory history of medicine, as well as of the pro-life movement. He and his wife are both sorely missed on this planet, but he has assured us that the pro-lifers will eventually will defeat abortion and the culture of death, by means of reproduction, as well as through the efforts to save both moms and babies.
Prayers and Respect for Jack and Barbara Willke, their friends and family, and for pro-life people everywhere.
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