On February 27th, 2012, the Catholic Information Center in Washington DC hosted a panel discussion, wherein five women with varied backgrounds argued against the Health and Human Services mandate that would require Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients in their health insurance policies.
CARRIE SEVERINO is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network. In that capacity she has briefed Senators and Congressmen, appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNN, and C-SPAN, and regularly speaks and writes on judicial issues, particularly constitutional law, the Kagan nomination, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. She filed amicus briefs on behalf of 43 U.S. Senators and and Speaker Boehner in the Supreme Court litigation challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Until March 2010, Carrie was an Olin/Searle Fellow and a Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law Center. She was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, of Duke University, and holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Michigan State University.
DR. MARIE ANDERSON M.D., F.A.C.O.G., OB-GYN, is Chief Medical Officer of the Tepeyac Family Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Anderson received her M.D. from Georgetown University and completed her OB-GYN residency at Georgetown in 1993. She has been board certified since 1995 and joined Tepeyac in 1997. Along with her duties as Medical Director, Dr. Anderson founded The Kristen Anderson Perinatal Hospice Program. This unique, compassionate program offered by Tepeyac, provides families with the greatest amount of time with their sick, unborn children — children, in uterero, who are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Dr. Anderson was the first physician to join Dr. Bruchalski at Tepeyac Family Center. Dr. Anderson is President of the Northern Virginia Guild of the Catholic Medical Association.
GLORIA PURVIS is a Board Member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home. Having received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, she is a policy director at a major financial services company. She has served on the National Black Catholic Congress’ Leadership Commission 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 has taught Natural Family Planning as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington. Gloria is the creator and host of an upcoming new EWTN series, Authentically Free at Last, which deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom.
MARIA MONTSERRAT ALVARADO is the Director of Operations for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Montse received her B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University and a Master’s from the George Washington University School of Political Management concentrating in Advocacy Politics. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Shepherd’s Table, a homeless shelter in Silver Spring, Maryland, a Commissioner at the Montgomery County Commission for Women, and contributor to the women’s web-magazine AltCatholicah. Montse speaks Spanish, French, and Italian and is a competitive classical and jazz vocalist.
ASHLEY MCGUIRE is editor in chief of the Catholic women’s web-magzine Altcatholicah. Currently a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow, she is currently writing a book about the cultural disempowerment of girls and women. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, First Things, and The Catholic Thing, among others. Ashley is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston.