Matt C. Abbott
Dr. Anthony Caruso and Richard Freeman, RIP
By Matt C. Abbott
October 26, 2022

I don’t recall ever meeting Dr. Anthony Caruso or Richard Freeman, but both men were well known and respected in the Chicago area pro-life community for years. Their earthly pilgrimages came to an end in recent days.

From Aid for Women:

    Dr. Anthony Caruso was a physician for over 30 years, bringing countless joys to many families and serving as Aid for Women's longtime medical director. His Catholic faith showed day after day both in and out of the office, and he was truly a defender of life. Throughout his battle with ALS, Dr. Caruso showed an unwavering commitment to serving the unborn. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their six children.

Click here to read Dr. Caruso’s obituary.

Click here to read his LinkedIn profile.

Click here to watch his very touching acceptance speech – in the late stages of ALS – for the 2022 Praesidium Vitae Award. I highly recommend watching it; it isn’t long.


From (Oct. 14):

    Richard Freeman was active in pro-life efforts with Joe Scheidler’s Pro-Life Action League in the Chicagoland area….

    ‘I feel a certain sense of sadness as I fondly remember this great champion for the unborn,’ Monica Miller, president of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, told me via email.

    ‘Many years ago we stood together [sidewalk counseling] outside the Michigan Avenue Medical Center in downtown Chicago,’ Miller said. She said that ‘undoubtedly there are human beings walking the earth today due to Richard’s pro-life efforts.’

Click here to read the LSN article.

Click here to read Mr. Freeman’s obituary.

Requiescat in pace.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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