Lois McGovern is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. An educator, social worker and advocate for women, she was the director of Dehon House, a family shelter in Chicago. She actively worked on the passage of the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, participated in anti-war activities with the 8th Day Center for Justice, and led a support group at the Howard Brown Clinic during the AIDS epidemic, where she ministered to gay and lesbian Catholics. Currently, she does social work in her neighborhood and in 2011 was chosen for the Chicago Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.

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One heart speaks to another: reframing the abortion question

I look back on 60 years of ministry, including working with poor women, I ask: Where do I want to stand, to vote on the issue of abortion? Woman to woman, I seek to listen, to understand, to be compassionate.