Dr. John C. Wilkie, a doctor widely considered to be a founding leader of the pro-life movement, died Friday, a Cincinnati pro-life organization said.
Dr. Wilkie was 89. He died unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 20, Life Issues Institute said.
Dr. Wilkie was president of Life Issues Institute, which was founded in 1991. He and his wife Barbara, who died in 2013, are “widely considered the parents of the pro-life movement” due to their pioneering work in the 1960s, the institute said.
The Wilkies’ materials on abortion have been translated into 32 languages and shared worldwide.
Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, “Words can’t possibly express how sad we feel. Jack was almost 90, and we knew the time was approaching when he’d join his dear Barbara in heaven, but it’s hard to say goodbye.”
“Jack has been my mentor and colleague for over 23 years and was a second father to me,” Mr. Mattes said.
Dr. Willke said he did not expect to see the reversal of abortion in his lifetime, but he believed his dream of ending the practice “will ultimately be realized by those he and Barbara brought into the movement and trained,” the institute said.
“I can only imagine the greeting Jack received in heaven — millions of babies whom he tirelessly worked to save joyfully welcoming him home,” Mr. Mattes said.
Funeral arrangements will be posted on www.lifeissues.org when completed, the organization said.