Join Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for a panel discussion moderated by Antonin Scalia Law School Professor Helen M. Alvaré on the topic of “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue” with panelists: Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, Live Action founder and investigative journalist Lila Rose, birth mother Kathy Folan, and her son, now an engineer, Nathan Sullivan who was placed in an open adoption. Nathan says: “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you’re talking about me, and everyone like me. Life is life, no exceptions.” 

From her perspective as a First Amendment, religious freedom, and marriage and family life expert, Alvaré will lead the discussion of Archbishop Cordileone’s May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life.”




Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop of San Francisco and author of the pastoral letter “Before I Formed You In the Womb I Knew You”

Helen M. Alvaré (moderator)

Law professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. She teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses.

Kristan Hawkins

President of Students for Life of America since 2006. 

Lila Rose

Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action, undercover journalist. 

Kathy Folan 

Birth mother and pro-life speaker. Wife, mother and director of family and youth ministry at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco.

Nathan Sullivan

Kathy’s son, who she placed with a Catholic family in an open adoption more than 30 years ago.

From Archdiocese of San Francisco.