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Center Director Carter Snead (Notre Dame Law School) submitted a brief amici curiae with six other law professors on February 3 in the Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case will examine whether the Texas law known as HB2, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and for abortion centers to be held to the same standards as surgical outpatient centers, places an "undue burden" on women seeking an abortion.
The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and Notre Dame Law School are pleased to announce the Polking Family Fellowship, a newly established program to recruit and provide funding for top law school candidates who have a demonstrated passion for the Catholic mission of the Law School and who share Notre Dame’s commitment to the inalienable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.
The Polking Fellowship aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders who understand that law and public policy are essential elements in building a sustainable culture of life.
Center Director Carter Snead (University of Notre Dame Law School), Remick Senior Visiting Fellow Michael Moreland (Villanova Law School), and eleven other law professors filed a brief amici curiae on January 11 in the Zubik v. Burwell case regarding the contraceptive mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The brief argues that the mandate burdens the religious exercise of the Little Sisters of the Poor, one of the petitioners in the case, who object to having their employee health care plans used as a vehicle to distribute abortifacients and contraceptives:
Although the government insists that revised regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relieve the nuns of the obligation to pay for these drugs, HHS still commandeers health care plans created and controlled by the nuns and uses them to distribute abortifacients and contraceptives. State and federal law treat these health care plans as the property of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Thus, the Little Sisters make the unremarkable claim that HHS substantially burdens their religious exercise when it uses their property in a way that offends their faith’s teachings.
Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C., will speak at this semester's Spring Bread of Life Dinner. Learn more.
Join us for the 31st Annual Medical Ethics Conference March 18–19, 2016. Find out more.
The Evangelium Vitae Medal will be awarded to Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor on April 9, 2016. Learn more.