We invited women on the front lines of serving women to discuss what we should focus on in a post-Roe world.
Dr. Denise J. Montagnino is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Nashville, Tennessee and is presently employed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University - College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in both private and academic practice for over 10 years.
Abby Jorgensen is a bereavement doula, meaning she walks with families grieving miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Abby also works as a doula for expected live births, a childbirth educator, a perinatal loss support trainer, and a sociologist who studies the family. She lives in South Bend, Indiana, and you can find her online at Abby the Sociologist Doula.
Marcia Lane-McGee is the coauthor of “Fat Luther, Slim Pickin’s,” speaker, (slightly) stressed out grad student, and the cohost of the Plaid Skirts and Basic Black podcast. A Chicago native and eldest sibling, Marcia refuses to pull any punches, doesn’t easily give into “can’t,” and has a close (and complicated) relationship with feedback. An aspiring joy guru, she fully believes dancing in your underwear (in your own home, of course) will heal just about any ill. Marcia is also a first mom, an Executive Board member of both New Wave Feminists and Catholics United for Black Lives, and all three have served to strengthen her resolve in getting women and children what they need for health and wholeness, especially in a post-roe world.
Leah Jacobson is an international speaker, non-profit founder, board-certified lactation consultant, and author of the new book Wholistic Feminism: Healing the Identity Crisis Caused by the Women’s Movement (Lumen Press, 2021). Having worked with young people and mothers since 2000, Leah founded The Guiding Star Project in 2011 after feeling called to help women and families by providing resources that honor Natural Law and promote wholistic feminism. Guiding Star Centers offer pregnancy support, breastfeeding help, fertility education, drop-in child care and much more, creating safe havens that uphold human dignity in all stages of life. One of Leah’s greatest passions is supporting young women as they transition into their roles as new mothers. Leah resides in central Minnesota with her husband and seven children.
Samantha Povlock is the Founder, CEO, and Editor in Chief of FemCatholic. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in business and theology, she started her career in Chicago working in consulting and project management. She currently lives in Greater Philadelphia with her husband, Matt, and three kids.