Every year, we invite speakers to inform and inspire us as we stand up for the lives of unborn children and their families. Below is a short bio for the speakers we have lined up this year:
When Patricia Sandoval worked at Planned Parenthood, they told her, “Never tell a soul what you see behind this door.” So now she is telling the world. Her life is the riveting story of a young girl who felt abandoned by her parents, and after three abortions and work at an abortion clinic, became a methamphetamine addict living on the streets-until a miracle occurred. Ms. Sandoval is now a renowned, full-time international pro-life and chastity speaker inspiring thousands with her harrowing and exhilarating story of redemption. Ms. Sandoval has shared her story through media outlets worldwide, such as EWTN’s Cara a Cara and Women of Grace.
Author, activist, mentor, mother, Abby Johnson has been a force in the pro-life movement since October 6, 2009–the day she walked away from her job as clinic director at a Texas Planned Parenthood after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion that ended the life of a 13-week-old baby. Abby’s website describes the event: “At that moment, she fully realized what abortion actually was and what she had dedicated her life to.” Since that day Abby has been tireless in writing, speaking, and helping others in similar situations. She is the author of two books, “The Walls are Talking” and “Unplanned” and is the subject of the movie “Unplanned,” scheduled for release March 22, 2019.
Walter B. Hoye II
Walter B. Hoye II is an ordained Baptist preacher and the Founder and President of the Issues4Life Foundation; the California Civil Rights Foundation; the Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California; an Executive Member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, and a Board Member of The Morning Center, which was founded to provide free full-service maternity care for women in urban and under-served areas.
The Reverend Hoye travels the country and the world, full time, to convey a unique pro-life message. He addresses the “Pro-Life Movement” with special emphasis on the impact of “Abortion in the Black America”, “Personhood” and the “Role of Men Meeting the Physical and Spiritual Needs of Women.” As a National Black Pro-Life leader, Walter speaks for those who have no voice, understands that abortion takes the life of a child, an innocent human being, views the woman and child as one and demands that men embrace their biblical roles as protector and provider.
In 2010 the Reverend Hoye was unjustly jailed and served 30 days for his peaceful defense of the unborn on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic in Oakland, California. His conviction was later overturned, and the Ninth Circuit found that the city of Oakland had violated the Constitution.
The Reverend Hoye is also author of the book Leadership from the INISIDE Out, and serves as a leadership consultant. In 1984, God used the premature birth (six months, 2.1 pounds) of his son to teach him that the fetus is a person, a living, breathing human being. He has also attended White House receptions with President Donald J. Trump, and participated in White House briefings with a Senior Advisor to the President.
Father Shenan Boquet
Father Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as President of Human Life International (HLI). He was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011.
Having journeyed a million miles to over 80 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican officials, (arch)bishops and Church leaders, mentors priests and seminarians, offers guidance to civil leaders, speaks at numerous international conferences, and spreads the Catholic Church’s teaching on Life and Family as part of HLI’s global mission to build a Culture of Life. Father Boquet has given numerous talks at conferences and symposia in the United States and around the world on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage to social justice and moral theology.
A frequent guest on various media programs, Father has appeared on EWTN television and radio shows, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio, as well as a number of local Catholic radio programs in the U.S. and in other international media outlets. His writings have appeared in numerous publications such as: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange, CNSNews, Catholic Lane, Catholic Online, Crux, Legatus, and The Wanderer.