The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity will host a free, three-part webinar series through fall 2020. This series will unpack the pro-life movement’s roots in human rights concerns and address complex contemporary issues impacting women and their unborn children.
"We hope to spark authentic conversations that deepen our commitment to our fellow sisters and brothers and broaden our understanding of various and interrelated issues impacting women without the polarization and vitriol that currently characterizes these conversations."
Director, The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity
This webinar series is intended for a general audience and designed to assist anyone in more effectively advocating for a just society which supports human flourishing for mothers and their unborn children. Each session will begin with a 30 minute talk, followed by time for Q&A.
Featured speakers include:
Daniel K. Williams, Ph.D., University of West Georgia
September 29, 2020- 8:00 p.m. EDT/ 5:00 p.m. PDT
"When Liberals Were Pro-Life”
This session will examine the history of the pro-life movement before Roe v. Wade, particularly the pro-life movement’s roots in social justice. Professor Williams will also discuss the role of pro-life feminism and address some still prevalent misconceptions about the history of abortion in the United States of America.
About the speaker: 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).
Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Ethics and Public Policy Center
October 28, 2020- 8:00 p.m. EDT/ 5:00 p.m. PDT
“Women, Pregnancy, and Authentic Reproductive Justice”
This session unpacks the social and cultural realities that influence a woman's decision to seek an abortion. Ms. Bachiochi will offer a vision of feminism that uplifts the unique beauty of a woman’s capacity to bear life and explore how this understanding of feminism may impact our culture and policy to empower women.
About the speaker: 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.
Jenny Hunsberger, Women's Care Center
November 11, 2020 - 8:00 p.m. EDT/ 5:00 p.m. PDT
This session provides practical pastoral guidance for accompanying women who are in crisis pregnancy, for whatever reason. In particular, Ms. Hunsberger explores the concept of radical hospitality as a mode of communication that emphasizes compassion and non-judgmentalism when encountering and walking with women.
About the speaker:Jenny Hunsberger is the Vice President of Women's Care Center where she oversees client care and public relations. She has been with Women's Care Center since her time as an undergrad at Notre Dame ('95). Since she started, Women's Care has become the largest pregnancy resource center in the nation, serving 30,000 women annually with 32 centers in 11 states. Hunsberger attributes this growth to a focused and humble commitment to meeting each woman with genuine compassion, concrete support and non-judgement. Hunsberger lives near Notre Dame with her husband and eight children.
This series will be recorded and available for viewing later. You might consider hosting these talks, live or recorded, as a Theology on Tap series for your parish or young adult group.
Let us know what you/your group thought about the talks and what human dignity topics you might want to hear about in the future!
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.