Dr. John C. Willke, who is known to many as the father of the prolife movement, passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, at the age 89. Dr. Willke and his late wife, Barbara, co-authored a dozen books providing an educational foundation for the prolife movement. The Willkes were more than prolific writers; they extensively traveled around the United States and abroad to share the truth that each and every person has the right to life. For a decade, Dr. Willke served as president of National Right to Life from 1980-1983 and 1984-1991.
Dr. Willke was visiting and educating people in Michigan regarding the dangers of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade. He spoke against Proposal B of 1972 a ballot proposal which would have allowed abortions during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The people voted on the ballot proposal on November 7, 1972, and it failed.