Prenatal Diagnosis


Threats to the Life of People With Disabilities, Part 1:
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis of Lethal
or Non-lethal Conditions & Disability:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010







 Replay Webinar (DVD and Resources available for purchase 

   (Click here.)



 PDF of Powerpoint Presentation


 PowerPoint part 1


 PowerPoint part 2


 PowerPoint part 3


 Dr. John Bruchalski Interview

 NCBC Statement on Early Induction of Labor, March 11, 2010    PDF

 Early Induction of Labor Summary


 Direct Abortion Statement






 Be Not Afarid



 Be Not Afraid (Charlotte)



 Be Not Afraid - Guidelines


 Be Not Afraid - Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Brochure


 Be Not Afraid - Pastoral Care Brochure


 Be Not Afraid - General Brochure


 Be Not Afraid - Down Syndrome Flyer


 Crisis Pregnancy Notes-Boston 1


 Crisis Pregnancy Notes-Boston 2


 Crisis Pregnancy Notes-Boston 3


 Crisis Pregnancy Notes-Boston 4


 For the Love of Angela Ordering


 My Child, My Gift - Nugent Press Release


 The New Eugenics


 Waiting for Eli



Presented live by the
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
in partnership with: 

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development

The Catholic University
of America


Archdiocese of Washington

National Council of
Catholic Women


Many dioceses are sponsoring events in conjunction with the Webinar. See below for examples.

To see the flyer for the event by the Diocese of Richmond, Affirming Life: Making A Difference!, please click on the flyer.


To see a flyer about the two hour Affirming Life Symposium hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington, click on flyer.


Diocese of Trenton. (click on flyer)

 Harrisburg, click here
Boston, click here


See the Prenatal Diagnosis page on Facebook.

Statement from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, NCPD Episcopal Moderator, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

 “October approaches with our commemoration of Respect Life Month….This 1 ½ hour online training is on supporting families who receive a prenatal diagnosis of a disability or lethal condition.  As you may know, the abortion rate for these kinds of pregnancies is alarmingly high…up to 90% of mothers ultimately make a choice against life, including even Catholic women.   A recent study showed that when support is provided to the expectant parents, the abortion rate drops significantly.  We know from experience that a priest, deacon, or pastoral staff member is generally the first person sought out following such a diagnosis.  But oftentimes clergy and staff feel ill equipped to counsel these families and counter the technical and compelling language of the medical community.  This webinar will equip them to respond to these needs, and will provide an online toolkit with free downloadable resources with a faith-based framework.”

 To view a letter of support from Cardinal DiNardo, please click here.

Issues addressed include:


Examination of medical issues

Catholic Church teaching

Pastoral, family & medical support

Post abortion support

Live Q & A

Real-time captioned



Dr. John Bruchalski, OB/GYN,
Tepeyac Family Care Center,
Fairfax, VA

Fr. Dan Mindling, OFM Cap., S.T.D.
Theologian, Academic Dean,
Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD

Tracy Winsor, M.P.A.
Parent Support Specialist, Charlotte, NC

Pictured below, left to right, Monica Rafie,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Tracy Winsor.

Monica Rafie
Founder of and
parent of a child surviving a poor
prenatal diagnosis, Chicago, IL



Marie Hilliard, JCL, PhD., RN
Director of Bioethics and Public Policy,
National Catholic Bioethics Center,
Philadelphia, PA



Recommended for those in the following ministries: 

Parish and Diocesan Pastoral Support Mental Health
Seminary and Medical Studies Young Adult/ Youth Ministry
Health Care Disability Ministry
Social Concerns Campus Ministry

Payment tiers:


Free of charge if your Diocese is an Affiliate of NCPD (verify at or member/constituent of webinar partners. See partners listed at top of page. The registration fee for others is $30 per logged-in computer.

Group viewing encouraged!

To verify if your (arch)diocese is an Affiliate Member of NCPD, click this link: Current NCPD Affiliate Member (Arch)Dioceses


Please contact Dr. Nancy Thompson at NCPD with questions at 319/270-6923 or 202/529-2933, 202/529-2934 (tty), or by email at


This webinar is made possible in part by generous grants from the Knights of Columbus, Warren P. Powers Charitable Foundation, Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and support from our partners.