It’s been quite the ride, Humanae Vitae, being chosen in a sense by God to defend this document. I always feel like just this little person that is handing ammunition to the troops, and the troops have just done an incredible job getting it out there. There are many many unsung heroes in this room. HV Heroes, and heroes of many kind. I am just so grateful that I have been used by God to be able to give people a tool that would spread this great truth and then for all the people that have used that great tool to spread it in so many ways, so many gifts. So, from my heart, this is very possibly the most valuable possession I am ever going to have. So thank you very much. God Bless You!

Janet E. Smith, PhD, was honored as the 2018 Calegari Award Recipient at the national celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae in 2018. She is the author of Humanae Vitae:  A Generation Later, in addition to other titles. has been published in many academic journals, and is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and blogs on and appeared on CNN, Fox News, Geraldo Show, EWTN, and others. She served three terms as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family, and was a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission for eight years. More than two million copies of her transforming talk, “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed. Dr. Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. View the video recording of Dr. Smith being honored HERE