Cincinnati, OH (June 22, 2012) – The International Right to Life Federation (IRTLF) is pleased to announce that pro-life leader Bradley Mattes has been named its new president. Mr. Mattes succeeds the distinguished pro-life pioneer, J.C. Willke, MD, who has served as president since the organization’s founding in 1984.
The International Right to Life Federation is dedicated to the protection of innocent human life across the globe. For 28 years, it has been engaged in educational, charitable and scientific activities to protect the unborn and defenseless. No other comparable international organization exists which embraces pro-life organizations in a tried and tested constitutional structure. The IRTLF Board consists of representatives from twelve regions including: the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa, Indian sub-continent, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Eastern and Central Europe and Central America. In a unanimous vote, members of the board selected Bradley Mattes to represent the organization as its president.
Dr. Willke has faithfully served IRTLF as president, partnering with pro-life leaders from around the world in this vital mission. This year, he decided to retire from this role.
“After 30 years and traveling to 85 countries, I am retiring,” Willke said. “However, I am pleased to leave the IRTLF in very competent hands. Brad has been my co-worker, partner and friend during these years. So, with great confidence, I look forward to the continuing growth of IRTLF under his leadership.”
Mattes possesses a rich pro-life history, serving as an advocate for 37 years. He is the executive director and co-founder with Willke of Life Issues Institute, an organization established to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement. He hosts a daily radio commentary on abortion and related issues and is also a 2010 Regional Emmy® award winning host and executive producer of the weekly pro-life television program Facing Life Head-On.
Accepting his new role, Mattes said, ”It is with the utmost respect and humility that I assume the privilege of representing the global voices of life. As I begin this undertaking, I take great comfort in the knowledge that I dont shoulder this responsibility alone. The voices of pro-life leaders from around the world join with me to speak for those who cannot. Together, we can and we will protect the sanctity of life.”
About the IRTLF: The International Right to Life Federation is a world-wide federation of autonomous, national pro-life groups and individuals. Formed by members from over 11 countries, IRTLF is non-sectarian and non-political. It is dedicated to imparting and exchanging information to every nation in the world with the single mission of achieving legal protection for all innocent human life from conception until natural death.