Conversations That Matter: Can We Imagine A World Without Abortion?

Join the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity as we dream about a world in which abortion is unthinkable. We will hear from those whose attention has consistently been focused on women and children and their flourishing. Together we can work to truly build a culture of life for one another.

"A Post-Roe World? The Future of Abortion and Motherhood in America"
Monday, May 9, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Featured panelists include:

Erika Bachiochi

Erika Bachiochi, J.D. - Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Erika Bachiochi is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. A graduate of Middlebury College with graduate degrees from Boston College and Boston University School of Law, Ms. Bachiochi was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 2018-2019. Her publications include Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching and The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision will be published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

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Charles Camosy - Professor of Medical Humanities, Creighton University

Charlie Camosy is Professor of Medical Humanities at the Creighton University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds the Monsignor Curran Fellowship in Moral Theology at St. Joseph Seminary in New York. Before that, Charlie spent 14 years in Fordham University's theology department, where he taught since finishing his PhD in theology at Notre Dame in 2008. Among other places, his published articles have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, New York Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News and America magazine. He has monthly columns with Religion News Service and Angelus and does weekly interviews for The Pillar. He is the author of six books, with two more on the way. Peter Singer and Christian Ethics (Cambridge) was named a 2012 “best book” with ABC Religion and Ethics; Beyond the Abortion Wars (Eerdmans), was a 2015 award-winner with the Catholic Media Association; Resisting Throwaway Culture (New City) was named 2020 “Resource of the Year” by the Catholic Publishers Association. His most recent book, published in July 2021 (New City), is Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality. He is also the founding editor of a new book series with New City Press called The Magenta Project. In addition to advising the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society of the United States and the pro-life commission of the Archdiocese of New York, Camosy received the 2018 St. Jerome Award for scholarly excellence from the Catholic Library Association. He has four children, three of whom he and his wife Paulyn adopted from a Filipino orphanage in June of 2016. 

Kathleen Domingo

Kathleen Domingo - Executive Director, California Catholic Conference

Kathleen lobbies on behalf of the 12 Catholic dioceses in California, representing the bishops of California on issues such as human life and dignity, strong and healthy families,
racial justice, environmental justice, healthcare access, housing, restorative justice, educational excellence, and religious liberty.

Kathleen served for eight years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Senior Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace. She led OneLife LA, created Respect Life Week, and built the first Caring for the Whole Person diocesan-based program in the nation. Kathleen is a national speaker, writer, and organizer. She regularly shares her insights and resources with dioceses and organizations around the country and internationally.

Kathleen holds a BS from the University of San Francisco as well as a Certificate from its St. Ignatius Institute. She earned a Master’s degree in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, DC.

Kathleen and her husband Rocky, along with their two sons Joseph and Owen, are members of Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento, CA.

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Gloria Purvis - Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty. Pastoral Fellow, McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Gloria Purvis is a graduate of Cornell University, and she worked for nearly two decades in the mortgage industry before becoming a risk management director at a major financial services company. She served on the National Black Catholic Congress' Leadership Commission on Social Justice and as an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Department as well as the Archdiocese of Washington's Pastoral Council. She also taught Natural Family Planning and helped prepare engaged couples for marriage as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington. She has appeared in various media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, Catholic Answers Live, and EWTN News Nightly; she also hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show. She is Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic of the Year for 2020.

Currently, she is a full-time stay-at-home mother and a consultant for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty. Gloria is the creator and host of the EWTN TV series, Authentically Free at Last, which deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom. She is dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the dignity of the human person.

 

 

"Can We Imagine A World Without Abortion?"
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar is intended for a general audience and is designed to assist anyone in more effectively advocating for a just society which supports human flourishing for mothers and their children.

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Featured speakers include:

Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, Founder and President of New Wave Feminists

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Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa is the founder and president of New Wave Feminists, a Consistent Life Ethic organization. They focus on protecting all human life from violence, womb to tomb. They’re currently working to open the first consistent life shelter for pregnant migrant mothers in Juárez, Mexico.

 

 

 

Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Ethics and Public Policy Center

Erika Bachiochi

Erika Bachiochi is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. A graduate of Middlebury College with graduate degrees from Boston College and Boston University School of Law, Ms. Bachiochi was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 2018-2019. Her publications include Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching and The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

 

 

Sr. Virginia Joy, Director of the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of New York, Sisters of Life

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Sr. Virginia Joy is a native of South Carolina and entered the Sisters of Life in 2009. The Sisters of Life are a New York based community of consecrated women religious dedicated to protecting and enhancing the sacredness of human life. The Sisters have missions in New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada, through which they bring the liberating message of the Gospel of Life, the beauty of human love, and mercy of Christ to those they serve. The Sisters accompany pregnant women in need, some of whom live with the Sisters; walk with those healing after an abortion experience; and host retreats on the spiritual life to all women and men. 

Sr. Virginia Joy has served in the Vocations mission and the Visitation mission working with vulnerable pregnant women. Sister currently serves in Manhattan as the Director of the Respect Life office for the Archdiocese of New York.

 

Dr. Bruchalski, Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN

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Dr. Bruchalski began his career in obstetrics and gynecology in 1987, practicing the full range of reproductive medicine. He experienced a profound conversion of heart following a live birth during a late-term abortion procedure and resolved to practice life-affirming medicine that supported women, children, and their families. As he explains it, “I came to see that true health care for women is not about rights, but relationships—not about limits, but about love and mercy.”

In 1994, Dr. Bruchalski founded Tepeyac OB/GYN in Northern Virginia that supports fertility counseling, natural family planning, and support for families that have received an adverse prenatal diagnosis for their child. As part of the practice of pro-life medicine, Tepeyac OB/GYN provides care to women regardless of ability to pay. To support that part of Tepeyac OB/GYN’s mission, in 2000, Dr. Bruchalski established Divine Mercy Care, a non-profit foundation that raises funds to support charitable care at Tepeyac OB/GYN and seeks to educate and support current and future pro-life medical professionals. Over the past 28 years, Tepeyac OB/GYN has delivered more than 10,000 children, with nearly 30 percent of their mothers receiving financial aid from Divine Mercy Care.

Dr. Bruchalski’s forthcoming memoir entitled Two Patients: My Conversion from Abortion to Life-Affirming Medicine (Ignatius Press) is due out in Fall 2022.

 

 

Daniel K. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of History University of West Georgia

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Daniel K. Williams is a professor of history at the University of West Georgia and the author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade and God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. His articles have appeared in Christianity Today, First Things, the New York Times, and the
Washington Post. He blogs at the Anxious Bench (Patheos).

 

 

Charles Camosy, Professor of Medical Humanities, School of Medicine Creighton University

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Charlie Camosy is Professor of Medical Humanities at the Creighton University School of Medicine, teaching medical ethics to first and second year medical students at their new campus in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, he holds the Monsignor Curran Fellowship in Moral Theology at St. Joseph Seminary in New York. Prior to that, Charlie spent 14 years in Fordham University’s theology department, where he taught since finishing his Ph.D. in theology at Notre Dame in 2008. He has four children, three of whom he and his wife Paulyn adopted from a Filipino orphanage in June of 2016. 


 

 


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Interested in learning more on this topic?

"How Americans Understand Abortion: A Comprehensive Interview Study of Abortion Attitudes in the U.S." is a landmark study and a must-read for anyone committed to understanding not only what Americans believe about abortion, but how they think about it. 

Read the Study Here

 

 

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