About the Author

Dr. Hunnell is a Fellow of Human Life International. She has written for both Catholic publications and secular newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Washington Times.  Dr. Hunnell is married to Colonel (ret) John F. Hunnell, an Air Force test pilot. They are blessed with four children and two grandchildren so far.

Male and Female He Created Them: Gender Identity Is Not a Choice

By Denise Hunnell, MD / January 9, 2017 /

(Zenit.org) – 2012 marked the first time gender identity was included as a specific protected classification in a United Nations General Assembly anti-discrimination resolution. This wording is significant because it elevates gender identity to the same level as race, creed, religion and sexual orientation. Yet this term is ambiguous and there is no clear agreement…

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Be Not Afraid! St. John Paul II’s Key to Building a Culture of Life

By Denise Hunnell, MD / May 28, 2014 /
pope john paul ii in the mountains

(Zenit.org) — The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II offers an impetus to reflect on both his life and his papacy. The Pope’s leadership of the Catholic Church was exemplified by his signature phrase “Be not afraid!” Yet, what exactly was he exhorting the faithful to face without fear? Pope John Paul II first…

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Parents Are the Solution, Not the Problem

By Denise Hunnell, MD / February 13, 2013 /

(Zenit.org) In days gone by, government policies and state institutions deferred to parents as the ultimate authority on what was best for their children. In recent years, however, parents’ concerns are increasingly downplayed as government bureaucrats’, teachers’, and health care providers’ roles have expanded. Those whose “expertise” seems to be invoked more and more, often…

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