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November 13, 2017

Catholics in the Public Square: “Pro-Woman, Pro-Family, Pro-Life: Church Teaching on Sex and Birth Control”

Gloria Purvis and Dr. Sarah Bascle to speak at event to be held at Saint Anselm College on Saturday, November 18

(MANCHESTER, NH) – The ninth annual Catholics in the Public Square event, titled “Pro-Woman, Pro-Family, Pro-Life: Church Teaching on Sex and Birth Control” will be held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m.to noon.

“The phrase ‘War on Women’ has been used to describe the Church’s opposition to the government’s mandate of contraceptive coverage in insurance plans and the efforts to ensure that public funding is not used to promote or pay for abortions,” said Meredith Cook, Director of Public Policy for the Diocese of Manchester. “But the Catholic Church’s pro-life positions are authentically pro-women and honor the ‘feminine genius,’ the special contribution of women to our Church and our society. We invite anyone who wants to learn more to join us at this event.”

The event is free of charge, but registration is requested at www.catholicnh.org/publicsquare or by contacting Annette Desmond at adesmond@rcbm.org or 603-663-0110. This year’s event is co-sponsored by Catholic Medical Center and the Diocese of Manchester and features two speakers:

Gloria Purvis graduated from Cornell University and has served in various ministries from Natural Family Planning teacher to social justice commissioner. Currently, she serves on the board of the Northwest Pregnancy Center & Maternity Home in the District of Columbia. She is the creator of the EWTN television series, Authentically Free at Last and hosts Morning Glory, which airs on EWTN Radio.

Sarah Bascle, MD, of the Catholic Medical Center Women’s Wellness & Fertility Center is a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant trained in NaPro TECHNOLOGY. She received her medical degree from Tulane University of Medicine and completed her residency program through Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. There, she was trained in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including da Vinci® robotic assisted surgery. She is a native New Englander and is fluent in Spanish.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/about/overview.