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  • Dobbs Flash Panel

    Dobbs Flash Panel

    Join us Friday, June 24, at 1PM (ET) for a discussion about the historic Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. (Panel will be recorded for on-demand viewing.)

    Learn about and view the discussion here.

  • Fall Conference 2022: Call for Papers

    Fall Conference 2022: Call for Papers

    Announcing our 22nd annual Fall Conference, 'And It Was Very Good': On Creation, November 10–12, 2022 at Notre Dame.

    Learn more and submit an abstract.

  • Evangelium Vitae Medal

    Evangelium Vitae Medal

    The dCEC presented the 11th annual Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. John T. Bruchalski, MD, founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN, at a Mass and dinner on April 23, 2022.

    Read more about Dr. Bruchalski and the Evangelium Vitae Celebration.

  • Ethics and Culture Cast

    Ethics and Culture Cast

    The Center's podcast series, Ethics and Culture Cast, features lively conversations with fellows, scholars, and friends of the dCEC. Episodes released every other Thursday.

    Learn more and listen to the podcast.

  • ND Day for Life

    ND Day for Life

    The Notre Dame community celebrated the ND Day for Life on Jan. 21 to bear joyful witness to the inalienable and equal dignity of every member of the human family, born and unborn.

    Read more about the Day for Life here.

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dCEC Director Carter Snead's Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

"Those who have worked tirelessly to support unborn children and their mothers have reason to rejoice today, as they now redouble the efforts they have long pursued for the intrinsic equal dignity and value of every human life and to create a society where every child (born and unborn), mother, and family is welcomed into a network of support and protection, and loved unconditionally, from conception throughout the human lifespan."

"The University of Notre Dame is institutionally committed to 'to the defense of human life in all its stages,' recognizing and upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death (cf., https://news.nd.edu/news/notre-dame-adopts-new-statement-and-principles-in-support-of-life/). For our part, the de Nicola Center is proud to advance that commitment through our own efforts and programming, particularly our recently launched 'Women and Children First' initiative. This initiative is our signal contribution to the ongoing effort to care for women, children (born and unborn), and families in need through research, teaching, service, public engagement, and witness across a variety of disciplines and contexts, including such complex issues as health care, housing, education, employment, poverty, racial justice, criminal justice reform, adoption and foster care, religious liberty, and international human rights."

Read the complete statement here.


dCEC Director's book recognized in New York Times as one of “Ten Books to Understand Abortion Debate in US”

A new article in the New York Times has recommended O. Carter Snead’s book What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (Harvard University Press, 2020) as one of “Ten Books to Understand the Abortion Debate in the United States.” Snead is a professor of law in Notre Dame Law School, concurrent professor of political science, and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

“With insight and provocation, Snead, a bioethicist, examines the questions that abortion raises about the meaning of human life,” Joshua Prager wrote in the May 5, 2022, article.

“I am honored and grateful that the New York Times found my book to be an essential resource for understanding this extraordinary moment,” Snead said. “The Supreme Court of the United States may well be poised to reverse its confused and confusing jurisprudence of abortion and return the matter to the political branches for resolution, where the issue is addressed nearly everywhere else in the world.” Snead continued, “As a Notre Dame faculty member, I’m also delighted that my scholarship is able to advance the University’s institutional commitment to building a culture of life where every member of the human family—born and unborn—is cared for and protected by law.”

More about the book and Professor Snead's scholarship here.


dCEC Presents the ND Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. John Bruchalski

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame presented the 11th annual Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. John T. Bruchalski, MD, founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN, one of the largest pro-life clinics in the nation, at a celebration on April 23, 2022.

The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, named for Pope St. John Paul II's 1995 encyclical on life issues, is the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement, honoring individuals who have proclaimed the Gospel of Life through their work by steadfastly affirming and defending its sanctity from its earliest stages.

Read the full story here.


Hundreds Gather to observe Notre Dame Day for Life

More than 700 students, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends gathered on a seasonably cold day at the University of Notre Dame for a Day for Life on Jan. 21 to bear joyful witness to the inalienable and equal dignity of every member of the human family, born and unborn.

The observance began at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with a Mass for Life, celebrated by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

“Our march will be a witness to the love that conquers all things,” Father Jenkins said in his remarks at the end of Mass. “Let our march begin, then, and let us walk together in love, compassion and confidence in the ultimate victory of Christ over sin and death.”

Read more about the march and rally and watch a video story of the event here.


dCEC Director Files Amicus Brief in Landmark Abortion Case

O. Carter Snead, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, has filed (with Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, Harvard University) an amici curiae brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most important case concerning the law of abortion since Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).

In the brief, Professors Snead and Glendon argue that “The Court must overrule Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and restore to the people’s elected representatives the authority to care rightly for mothers, children, and families.”

More about the brief and a link to read the full text.

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