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2012 Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life

Prominent religious leaders, academics and activists came to Georgetown Jan. 22 for the 13th annual Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life, one of the largest student-run pro-life conferences in the nation.

The annual conference is named for John Cardinal O'Connor, the late archbishop of New York who received his doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown in 1970 and passed away in 2000.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia delivered the keynote address at the conference.

A panel discussion on “The Past and Future of Pro-Life Legislation” included U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus,  joined Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, and Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), a member of both the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and the Congressional Pro-Life Women’s Caucus.

Patrick J. Deneen, Georgetown's Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies, associate professor of government and founding director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, moderated the discussion.

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