Becky Visosky, J.D., executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Community, will speak at Austin College on Tuesday, October 8, at 11 a.m. in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall. Hosted by the College’s Catholic Student Association, she will present a lecture entitled, “The Great Sacrifice: An overview of what the “right to abortion” promised, what it delivered, and whether it was worth it?” Her presentation will discuss the evolution of the pro-life movement, as well as facts to counter misconceptions about the movement. The lecture is free and open to the public.
A member of the Catholic Pro-Life Community’s management team since 2010, Visosky previously served as director of communications for CPLC. She now leads a staff of more than 30 that provides critical supportive services, bilingual education, and opportunities for community engagement.
Visosky has written, presented, and been interviewed by media outlets on current life issues ranging from legislative efforts to women’s health. She has helped plan and promote pro-life events and campaigns, including the North Texas March for Life, and participated in the statewide Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day.
Before joining the CPLC staff, Visosky was a partner with the law firm Carrington Coleman and practiced as a commercial litigator for 10 years. She also served on the board of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas.
Visosky received her law degree with honors in 2000 from the University of Texas School of Law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, graduating summa cum laude with a major in English Literature and a minor in philosophy. While at Louisiana State, she completed an honors thesis on The Confessions of St. Augustine. She was also a charter member of Students for Life at the university.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.