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Spring Banquet Fundraiser, March 15

On March 15, the Family Life Pregnancy Center will be holding its Annual Spring Banquet fundraiser at Country Oaks Baptist Church. Our guest speaker is Dr. William Lile.

Dr. Lile has always had a passion for educating the church about the personhood of the unborn. His expertise in the medical field couple with his bold faith has informed his entire career.

On March 28, 2023, Dr. Lile spoke in Tallahassee, Florida, to both members of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate regarding how we now diagnose, treat and cure babies in the womb. All patients have rights. That night the Florida House of Representatives voted in favor of a Heartbeat Bill. Two weeks later the Florida Senate voted in favor as well, and later that night Governor Ron Desantis signed the Heartbeat Bill into Law.

"The first rule that we are taught in medical school is that, 'A patient is a person and is entitled to respect and bodily integrity.' If a patient is in my office and this patient will die unless they receive a blood transfusion, but they were not born in the United States, I have a moral and legal obligation to provide them access to the needed blood transfusion. If a similar patient needs life-saving open heart surgery, but also was not born in the United States, I have the same duty to save their life. If another patient requires life-saving laser vascular surgery, but again, was not born in the United States, I will find them access to the needed care. Patients have rights, and as a physician, I have a duty to defend their rights and provide them access to life-saving procedures and therapies.

All of the patients described above would have died had it not been for these life-saving procedures. All of the above patients were not born in the United States because they had not been born yet. Yes, they are still in the womb, but clearly, they are patients.

Patients have rights and physicians have rights. 'Primum non nocere' is the second rule learned in medical school, meaning: 'First, Do No Harm' while treating all patients with skill, respect and dignity. We will 'Do No Harm' to our patients, and since our patients include the preborn, we will not perform elective abortions. We will always protect the life of the mother in situations such as an ectopic pregnancy, but we will not take the life of a patient in the womb electively. We have an obligation to defend the rights of our most vulnerable patients. To be a voice for the voiceless and defend the defenseless." - Dr. William Lile

Lile is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and former OB/GYN Department Chair at Sacred Heart Hospital. He is licensed to practice medicine in both Florida and Alabama and served as an instructor with both The University of Florida and Florida State Medical School OB/GYN residency programs. He is also a Medical Advisor of the Florida Human Life Protection Amendment and serves as a member of Focus on the Family's Physicians Research Council.

Dr. Lile is also a frequent guest of both television and syndicated radio shows.

While this is a free event, this is a fundraiser and reservations are required. For questions or to reserve a full table, please call the center at (661) 823-8255. Together, we can meaningfully impact our community, building a stronger, more supportive community for expectant mothers, fathers and families.