Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life

The largest collegiate pro-life conference in the nation

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Our Twentieth Annual Conference

Special guest Speaker

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Serrin foster

Speaking on: “End the Feminization of Poverty that Drives women to abortion!”

Feminists for Life President Serrin M. Foster is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign. Her landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights. She has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students and is an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination.

Serrin has led Feminists for Life since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act. Serrin also served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”

In January 1997, Serrin moderated the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Serrin’s efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College in 2008. Today, Serrin serves as editor-in-chief of The American Feminist and FFL’s resource website, WomenDeserveBetter.com.

Breakout Speakers

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Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei

Speaking on: “The Sacredness of Life”

The Sisters of Life are consecrated to protect and enhance a sense of the sacredness of human life.

Immersed in contemplative Eucharistic prayer, within a vibrant community life, the Sisters act in imitation of the Blessed Mother, bringing the consoling presence of Jesus Christ, conceived beneath their hearts to every person they meet, especially those whose lives are hidden, weak, or wounded. Their missions include caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children; inviting those wounded by abortion into the healing mercy of Jesus; fostering a Culture of Life through evangelization; retreat works; and upholding the beauty of marriage and family life.

Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei graduated from the Catholic University of American with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in intensive care, she entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. She professed her final vows in 2015. Sister currently serves as the local superior of St. Frances de Chantal Convent in the Bronx in the work of formation as the director of postulants for the community.

Catherine Glenn Foster

Catherine Glenn Foster

Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., is President and CEO of Americans United for Life, America's first national pro-life organization and the nation's premier pro-life legal team. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. AUL is the pioneer of the state-based model legislative strategy, which works to save lives today and protect mothers and children from abortion industry abuses while undermining the so-called “reliance” interest adopted by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: the false idea that women “rely” on abortion to succeed in American society. Foster has litigated precedent-setting § 1983 and other constitutional questions, abortion and maternal health, health and safety regulations, False Claims Act healthcare and Medicaid fraud, euthanasia and assisted suicide, denial of medical care, First Amendment rights, genetic engineering issues, Freedom of Information Act and open records issues, and healthcare and corporate conscience protections. She has testified before and advised the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Investigative Panel and other federal, state, and international bodies and representatives. Previously, Foster was Litigation Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, founder of a law practice focusing on respect for the sanctity of human life, and Executive Director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA. Foster serves as President of the Board of Directors of Rockville Women’s Center and on the boards of And Then There Were None, Christian Legal Society D.C. Metro Chapter, and the Family Policy Alliance, as well as on the advisory board of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. She earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, M.A. in French from the University of South Florida, and B.A. in History and French from Berry College, and is admitted to the bar in Virginia and Washington D.C., as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Aimee Murphy

Aimee Murphy

Speaking on: “Embracing the ‘F’ Word: Learning to Love (Pro-Life) Feminism”

Aimee Murphy is the Executive Director and founder of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. After a personal conversion to the cause against abortion as a teen due to a pregnancy scare and pursuant death threats from her then-partner who insisted that she get an abortion, she was able to name and defend a holistic ethic of non-violence during her time in university: the Consistent Life Ethic. During the time of her undergraduate studies, she successfully helped the pro-life organization on campus to facilitate fruitful dialogue surrounding abortion by addressing the ethical foundation of pro-life belief and holistic care for all human beings. Through her work with Rehumanize International, Aimee is reaching people all over the globe with the consistent message of human rights and is creating and engaging in effective dialogue to change hearts and minds.

Aimee Murphy was the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award in 2014, for her trailblazing pro-life leadership. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her profoundly supportive husband, their two dogs, and whichever friends wander into the Murphy household.

Rosemary Geraghty

Rosemary Geraghty

Speaking on: “Embracing the ‘F’ Word: Learning to Love (Pro-Life) Feminism”

Rosemary Geraghty is the Director of Communications of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. Rosemary is a passionate and engaging advocate for the Consistent Life Ethic with an academic background in rhetoric and politics. Through her work with Rehumanize International, she has found that her unique position as a politically independent, atheist, pro-life feminist has broken down barriers to reach demographics that are often untapped by the mainstream pro-life movement. Rosemary has a passion for building bridges and finding common ground with people across the political spectrum to call everyone to a greater consistency in the fight for human rights.