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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.”
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.
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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.”
The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture welcomed more than 1,000 scholars, students, and friends to Notre Dame for its 21st Fall Conference, November 11–13 at the McKenna Conference Center. Entitled, "'I Have Called You By Name': Human Dignity in a Secular World," the conference featured nearly 130 presentations by speakers including Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School), Alasdair MacIntyre (University of Notre Dame), Jacqueline Rivers (Harvard University), Elizabeth Schiltz (University of St. Thomas), and many more.
The keynote sessions and many panel presentations are available as a playlist on the dCEC's YouTube channel.
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.”
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