Mourning the Loss of Dr. Don Smith

For immediate release: February 2, 2019

Contact: Deborah M. Piroch


(Front Royal, VA)

Please join HLI in mourning the death of Dr. Don Smith, the producer of the film, The Silent Scream, and praying for the repose of his soul, as well as extending to his family our deepest condolences. (Film not for viewing by young or impressionable viewers.)

Still from the very start of the film.

Reformed abortionist and champion pro-lifer Dr. Bernard Nathanson, in collaboration with Dr. Smith, produced the landmark movie The Silent Scream in 1984. This film was so novel at the time that the major mainstream networks showed it five times in its entirety, and President Ronald Reagan even showed it to his staff in the White House. The film was such a threat to abortion that groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood tried fruitlessly to discredit it. Recently, a writer for Time Magazine said that The Silent Scream“shift[ed] the public focus from the horror stories of women who had suffered back-alley abortions to the horror movie of a fetus undergoing one.”

Human Life International have shown this film hundreds of times, beginning with our founder, Father Paul Marx, and continuing to the present day. Its stark testimony dispels all of the lies and propaganda of the pro-abortionists ― especially that the unborn child is just a blob of tissue and not human at all. We have seen many lives changed ourselves and doubtless there are many thousands that we do not know about. And certainly this movie has saved countless lives.

Dr. Smith, through his collaboration with Dr. Nathanson, helped expose the humanity of the unborn child and violence perpetrated against innocent human life. May Dr. Smith’s contribution to the pro-life movement never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Dr. Don.

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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