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  • Caring for Women and Children

    Caring for Women and Children

    As part of the dCEC's Women and Children First Initiative, join us on August 16 at 4 p.m. for the first of a 3-part webinar series on caring for women and children after Dobbs.

    Info and registration here.

  • Fall Conference 2022

    Fall Conference 2022

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

    Learn more.

  • Dobbs Flash Panel

    Dobbs Flash Panel

    The dCEC hosted a flash-panel discussion about the historic Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization on June 24.

    View the panel recording here.

  • 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.

    Learn more and listen to the podcast.

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dCEC to Co-Present Webinar Series on Caring for Women and Children after Dobbs

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity at the McGrath Institute for Church Life will host a multipart panel discussion series addressing questions facing women, physicians, and policy makers entitled “Caring for Women and Children: Navigating Medicine, Law, and Policy After Dobbs.” The first panel in the series will take place Tuesday, August 16, at 4 p.m. Additional panels will follow in September and October.

This series is part of the dCEC's Women and Children First Initiative.

The August 16 panel will address common questions facing women and doctors about protecting the life of the mother and managing healthcare for both children and women in light of the Dobbs decision. Panelists include OB/GYNs Dr. Christina Francis, Dr. Byron Calhoun, Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, and writer Leah Libresco Sargeant.

Learn more about the panelists and register for the webinar here.


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.


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