Life, Religious Liberty, and the Survival of Catholic Health Care

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The protection of the unborn, religious freedom and the survival of Catholic health care will be largely determined by the outcome of the ongoing national debate on the American health care system.  Certain legislative proposals would place the government at the center of healthcare instead of the patient (and their relationship with God) thereby significantly reducing patient freedom and control in their own healthcare.  How does Church teaching inform Catholics and people of goodwill to evaluate these policies?  What can I do to defend religious freedom and protect Catholic healthcare?  The Christ Medicus Foundation and the Catholic Information Center invite you to join this amazing evening that will include a panel discussion moderated by EWTN’s Catherine Hadro and a wine reception to follow.



Dr. Marguerite Duane is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS. A Board-certified family physician, she serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs an introductory course on natural or fertility awareness based methods (NFP/FABMs) of family planning. She is also a physician with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care (DPC) house calls-based practice serving patients of all ages in the D.C. metropolitan area. She has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).

Dr. Duane is trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator. She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration from Cornell University. She has published articles on the effectiveness of FABMs for family planning and the use of apps for tracking fertility. She has also developed and delivered multiple presentations on the use of FABMs for family planning and women’s health.

Marguerite balances her career as a teacher and family physician with her cherished role as a mother and wife. She is proud to be accompanied on this life’s journey by her husband and fellow family physician, Dr. Kenneth Lin, and they are delighted to be the parents of four young children.

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.

She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy. She served as a member of the Long Term Care Commission and as a member of the Medicaid Commission, making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid.
Previously, Grace-Marie served for a three-year term on the National Advisory Board for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has been published in hundreds of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs. She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011, and editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform. Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.

Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations.

She received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World. In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.

Louis Brown received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He worked as a private practice attorney for a private law firm, where he practiced labor law and commercial litigation.

He later served as an Associate Director, Social Concerns, for a state Catholic Conference, advocating for the vulnerable at the state legislature on issues such as health care, immigration, housing non-discrimination, and the social safety net.

He has worked as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill for a Catholic pro-life congressman serving as legislative counsel to the Congressman as well as his liaison to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. He advised the Congressman on issues including health care generally, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare.

He is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the U.S. District Courts of Michigan, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Louis helped establish the Catholic health care sharing option, CMF CURO, in 2014 and served as the Director of CMF CURO until 2017.

In 2017, he received a political appointment and joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. where he served until 2019. Louis has now returned to the Christ Medicus Foundation and serves as its Executive Director.

He believes the ultimate mission of the Foundation is to share the healing love of God in healthcare and to help build what St. John Paul II called “a civilization of love and justice.”

Moderated by Catherine Hadro, Host of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.

This event is co-sponsored by Christ Medicus.