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2000 - Wanda Franz

Wanda Franz, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and a professor of child development in the division of Family and Consumer Sciences at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She has been involved in the Right-to-Life movement since 1971, when she began speaking to student groups on fetal development. Dr. Franz served as president of West Virginians for life for 15 years until stepping down to become president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in 1991. She has been a member of the NRLC Executive Committee from 1983 to the present, and was NRLC vice-president from 1984 until her election as president in June 1991.

Dr. Franzis also president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change. She has published numerous articles on post-abortion syndrome, adolescents and abortion, and the cognitive approach to educational issues. She has spoken on abortion and euthanasia across the United States and around the world in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Columbia, Sweden, Russia, Egypt, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

As NRLC president, Dr. Franz has been profiled and quoted in a wide range of publications, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including: National Public Radio, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, CBS This Morning, and NBC’s Today.

Dr. Franz is also the host of National Right to Life’s national daily radio commentary, Pro-Life Perspective, which airs on more than 200 outlets nationwide. In recognition of her outstanding service and tireless efforts in affirming human dignity and the centrality of the human person, the Path to Peace Foundation is pleased to bestow upon Dr. Wanda Franz the title “Servitor Pacis”--Servant of Peace.