National pro-life leader Jim Sedlak, 78, died on Monday ahead of the release of his report further exposing the activities of abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood.
In a press release on Sedlak’s death, American Life League (ALL) co-founder Judie Brown called her longtime friend and fellow lawyer “the No.1 enemy of family planning evil in America “.
According to the statement, on the day of his death, Sedlak, who was the executive director of ALL, was scheduled to appear on a morning radio show to discuss ALL’s “2021 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report”, which will soon be released.
Dear friends and supporters of ALL. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of James W. Sedlak, Executive Director of ALL and Founder of STOPP, International.
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– American Life League (@AmerLifeLeague) January 10, 2022
“From the first moment I spoke to Jim, there was no doubt that he was an expert on how members of grassroots movements could be more effective in the fight against family planning,” Brown said, adding:
He spoke from experience, and he always knew exactly what to do to ruffle the feathers of those who promoted a culture of death. Jim was a faithful Catholic with incredible devotion and who led not with words, but by example. I believe that’s the main reason he’s been so effective in fighting the poison of Planned Parenthood among us. Planned Parenthood feared it, and with good reason.
Former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life lawyer Abby Johnson confirmed Brown’s description of Sedlak.
“When I worked at Planned Parenthood, their biggest threat was a humble man named Jim Sedlak,” said Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None. “They were terrified of him.”
Sedlak was the co-founder of STOPP, a laser-focused program aimed at eliminating family planning, and the founder of STOPP International.
When STOPP merged with ALL in 1998, Sedlak assumed a critical role in leading the organization.
ALL observed the essence of his work:
The main focus of Sedlak’s work was to show the “dirty laundry” of Planned Parenthood. His recent work on the 2020 Planned Parenthood CEO Compensation Report, released by the American Life League in December 2021, shed light on the racism inherent in Planned Parenthood. Sedlak was not surprised to see racial fanaticism appear at all levels of the taxpayer-funded abortion organization.
Pro-Life Front Lines ‘warrior’ Jim Sedlak dies aged 78 – Here’s the last thing he did to expose planned parentinghttps: //t.co/Z31heNsQzk via @CBNNews
– American Life League (@AmerLifeLeague) January 12, 2022
“There is an obvious disparity in the way Planned Parenthood treats its executives of color,” Sedlak noted in the report, “and this allows for an organizational environment that despises and despises leaders who are not white. “
“It’s quite telling for a company whose beginnings are recognized in eugenic efforts to prevent black women from reproducing,” he said.
ALL also observed that Sedlak was recognized as a leading expert in the pro-life movement.
“The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has named him as one of the ‘most active’ fighters against Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs,” ALL said.
Additionally, Sedlak expressed concern for the integrity of the Catholic Church.
According to ALL:
He and his colleagues in the American Life League found the idea that some priests and bishops allowed pro-abortion politicians to participate in Holy Communion abhorred. In addition to his continued efforts to stop family planning, Sedlak was deeply committed to protecting Christ in the Eucharist.
“Jim will be missed,” Brown shared, “his absence leaves a hole in our hearts, but the lessons he taught will live on, as will his memory in our hearts, in our work and in our commitment to serve God. first and foremost. “
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spoke of his sadness and that of his organization over Sedlak’s passing.
“Despite his greatest physical challenges in recent years, Jim’s commitment to the pro-life cause and his zeal to reveal the truth about Planned Parenthood has never wavered,” he explained, adding:
Everywhere I have led various gatherings of national leaders, whether in Washington, DC, or here in Florida, or Texas, or wherever, Jim was there. And he was an active participant, always bringing new ideas to our strategy sessions.
“Jim has always been a voice of experience, of faith, of prayer and of leaving no unborn child behind,” Pavone added. “He will miss this great movement, but will not stop learning from it.”
Sedlak is survived by his wife, Michaeleen, their three children and ten grandchildren.