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Dobson suffers stroke but is progressing


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP)–James Dobson, president and founder of Focus on the Family, was hospitalized June 16 with what was tentatively diagnosed as a mild stroke.
Dobson’s hospitalization came less than a week after he spoke at the Southern Baptist Convention’s closing session June 11 in Salt Lake City. In his address, Dobson called on Southern Baptists to continue to take biblical stands against moral decay in American culture.
There was no indication of paralysis or loss of consciousness, a Focus on the Family news release said of the highly popular author and speaker. Dobson was undergoing tests and “making marvelous strides toward recovery,” according to the June 17 announcement.
A heart attack was ruled out by Dobson’s physician, the release reported. Dobson suffered a mild heart attack in 1990.
While Focus on the Family has become the country’s leading Christian ministry in support of marriage and the family, Dobson has become increasingly outspoken on public-policy issues in recent years. In February, he accused the Republican Party of betraying pro-family voters, warning he would remove his support and “take as many people with me as possible” if the GOP did not attempt to fulfill its promises.
The centerpiece of Focus on the Family is a daily broadcast hosted by Dobson, who founded the ministry in 1977.