Caring for Women and Children: Navigating Medicine, Law, and Policy After Dobbs

The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity and the University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will host a free, three-part webinar series through fall 2022. This series will address questions facing women, physicians, and policy makers following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Part I: Patients & Physicians
Tuesday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Featured speakers include:


Dr. Christina Francis, a board-certified OB/GYN in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and CEO-elect of AAPLOG, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Dr. Christina Francis is a board-certified OB/GYN who currently works in Fort Wayne, IN as an OB/GYN Hospitalist. Dr. Francis completed medical school at Indiana University in 2005 and completed her OB/GYN residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2009. She is a board member and CEO-Elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a board member of Indiana Right to Life, and a physician member of the Abortion Pill Reversal Network. As a pro-life speaker, Dr. Francis offers her medical expertise, knowledge of bioethics, and pro-life reasoning both here in the U.S and around the globe. She has always had a passion for human rights, spending a significant portion of her life in various countries working tirelessly on behalf of women and children. Dr. Francis worked for three years as the only OB/GYN at a mission hospital in rural Kenya until returning to the US in 2014 to work on behalf of women and children both in the US and internationally who are often victims of the abortion industry. She has written on issues surrounding women’s health and abortion for publications including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and USA Today.


Dr. Byron Calhoun, a board-certified high-risk OB/GYN specializing in maternal/fetal health and professor of OB/GYN at West Virginia University

Byron Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, FASAM, MBA, is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine at the West Virginia University, Charleston, West Virginia. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with board certification in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also is also board certified in Addictions Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Calhoun received his BS in as a1979 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School with an MD in 1983, completed his residency in OB/GYN at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 and finished a Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1989. Dr. Calhoun has authored 90 peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented over 100 scientific papers, participated in over 40 research projects, and has published numerous articles on medical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. He edited and published a monograph (March, 2016) dealing with addictions in women’s health titled Tobacco Cessation and Substance Abuse Treatment in Women’s Healthcare with Springer publications. He has been married to his wife Kathryn for 42 years and has 6 children and 2 grandchildren. 


Leah Libresco Sargeant, author who has written about her experience with ectopic pregnancy


Leah Libresco Sargeant runs Other Feminisms, a substack community focused on the dignity of mutual dependence. She is the author of Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option. She is the mother of two living daughters, and six children that she and her husband lost through miscarriage.






Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, an OB/GYN with expertise in international health and Senior Public Policy Fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, MD, MPH, FACOG, FAHA, has been an obstetrician-gynecologist for over 30 years. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MD from Brown University and her MPH from Harvard University. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and subsequently did her postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before joining the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Chireau Wubbenhorst worked in the Veterans Administration and was Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.. She is currently a Senior Public Policy Fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

Dr. Chireau Wubbenhorst has been involved in patient care, teaching, research, health systems, and health policy in a variety of domestic and international settings, including inner city Boston, rural North Carolina, and Native American reservations in the United States and India, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Nepal, Cameroon, and South Sudan internationally. Her research and other interests include international health and policy, the epidemiology and molecular biology of adverse pregnancy outcomes, reproductive health, health services research, and ethics in reproductive health. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications.


Submit Questions for Panelists

Please use the form below to submit questions for our panel in advance of our webinar on August 16. (Please note that submitting this form does not register you for our event. Registration must be done via the "Register Now" button above.)


Part II: Practitioner & Practice
September 2022 (Date and Time TBA)

Part III: Physician & Field
October 2022 (Date and Time TBA)

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