Remembering Mike Schwartz, the “Activist’s Activist”

Pro-life pioneer and political strategist Mike Schwartz succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease and passed from this life on February 3. His funeral is being held today.

Mike SchwartzI met Mike Schwartz back in the mid-1970’s, when he was working in Milwaukee for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His boss was Fr. Virgil Blum, also a close friend of mine.

Mike and I spent time together working for the pro-life cause during his stay in Milwaukee, and I learned first-hand what a dedicated, loyal and faithful Catholic he was, as well as a fierce but gentle pro-life activist. I liked to call Mike, “an activist’s activist.”

When he moved to Washington I only saw him occasionally at meetings and rallies. But despite the fact that he went into politics, he never left his pro-life work. For one thing, Mike will always have the distinction of having helped hold a “sit in” at a hospital in Washington in l970, three years before the Supreme Court’s abortion rulings. I believe Mike saw it coming.

You will read much of Mike’s accomplishments, his carefully thought out plans for winning the war on the unborn—as well as a war on religious freedom. These eulogies will follow Mike’s career and review his accomplishments, and they will tell you much you should know about this hero.

But I just want people who didn’t know Mike well to understand that a truly good and holy man has left us. And I feel that a great, warm light has been turned off. We will all miss that light, and that gentle way he had of telling you he had a plan.

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