Michigan Nurses     For Life




Saturday, September 27, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Pontiac MI

Conference Review/Summary

Judging from the evaluations we received, our 2014 conference, Procuring Organs, “Over My Dead Body?” was most successful.

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk explained his position that brain death means that a person has truly expired and, after using accepted criteria of the lack of cardiopulmonary activity, the patient could be a suitable candidate for organ donation. He did point out that the real danger lies in the fact that not all facilities use the same criteria (length of time, EEGs, etc.) to pronounce that death has occurred.

Cindy Kirschbaum explained the need for organ donation and how organ transplant organizations are notified of a prospective candidate for donation. Interesting to note is the fact the notifying of a transplant organization of a possible donor is required by federal law and such notification does not violate HIPPA rules.

Changing topics a bit, Mary Burkett gave a very interesting and revealing explanation of the life and philosophy of Margaret Sanger. It appears that her interest in eugenics and population control is what caused her to establish Planned Parenthood. She was seeking a population free of what she considered weak and inferior human beings and felt controlling their ability to “breed” would be the answer. Interesting, even though she is frequently hailed as a caring and compassionate nurse, she never finished her nursing education and was NOT a nurse.

In summary, this conference was a little different from some of our other conferences in that not everyone agreed with everything our presenters had to say, but then again, that was not the goal. Our goal with this conference, as with all our conferences, was to inform our attendees of the philosophies and practices influencing nursing today. Hopefully, we did just that.



Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
Mary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC Mary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC

Cyndy Kirschbaum, RN, BSN, CPTC

Cyndy Kirschbaum, RN, BSN, CPTC 

Sponsored by Michigan Nurses for Life and Educational Center for Life


Below is a list of our past conferences. We strive to offer timely topics and speakers who are experts in their field.

Past MNFL Conferences

September, 2013
Cristen Krebs, DNP-ANP, Dr. Jeanne Lewandowski, MD, DMary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC - The Changing World of Hospice Care

September, 2012
Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson, PhD, Dr. Ann Bellar, RN, GNP, PhD, Barry Goudy, Stem Cell Recipient - It's Right Under Your Nose: Progress in Adult Stem Cell Research

September, 2011
Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, Laura Farrugia, RN, Madelyn Carpenter - The Consequences of Choice

September, 2010
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Mary Mitsch, Cynthia Dudek - Current Trends in End of Life Health Care

October 2009
Byron Calhoun, MD - Perinatal Hospice, Ann Bellar, NP – Acute Pain Management  

October 2008
Dr. Vincent Rue – Impact of the Abortion Experience, Lubasik & Michelle Yax  

April 2008
Peg Nelson, NP – Pain Management – Palliative Care at the end of life,
Sharon Urso, BS – Solving the Mystery of Hospice  

September 2007
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk – Cloning & Human Embryos: Is there an ethical dilemma? Daniel Greene,MD - The New HPV Vaccine  

April 2006
Wesley Smith, Esq – Futile Care Theory….The Duty to Die, Charles Kleinbrook, Esq – Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care  

April 2005
Regina Chapman - STD's & Spring Break, Julie Hage – CPC Health Educator  

April 2004
Angela Lanfranchi, MD, - Abortion/Breast Cancer, Lorna Cvetkovich, MD - Morning After Pill  

April 2003
Wesley Smith, Esq – Culture of Death / Dr. Latkovic - Medical Ethics  

March 2002
John Diggs, MD – Abstinence – Just Do It, Leslee Unruh, Teresa Tomeo  

March 2001
Life's Beginnings….to be or not to be - Brenda Pratt Schafer – Partial Birth Abortion, Richard Doerflinger - Stem Cell Research – Prolife Response, Diane Trombley, RN – Legislation, James Penkala, Pharmacist


Michigan Nurses for Life


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nursing profession to protect all
human life from conception until
natural death

...To form an educated core of nurses who can speak for their profession by acting as a community resource for life issues

...To promote public education and
awareness about life issues on both
ends of the spectrum, from abortion
to euthanasia

...To uphold and defend human life
in all stages and conditions of development







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