Center Director Carter Snead has urged the United Kingdom to use caution when approaching a new IVF procedure in which scientists use the genetic material of three individuals to produce a single embryo.
"Little is known about the short- and long-term genetic effects of this procedure on children born with its aid," he said. "It would be an ironic tragedy if this procedure were rushed from bench to bedside, only to harm the very children it was meant to help.
"Moreover, there remain serious questions about the ethics of conceiving children with three genetic progenitors or 'parents.' "
"The fact that we've got such a paralyzed political system when it comes to this question leads to attorneys general, governors and others not doing anything in the face of obvious harm to the public. This is a grotesque wakeup call for us to sit down and have a hard conversation about a very difficult question."
Center Director Carter Snead will be in New York City for a conference on April 5-6 entitled "Advancing a Culture of Life: Pro-Life Argument in the Coming Generation." Professor Snead's presentation will focus on "Defending Life in Law, Politics, and Culture: Strategies for the Future and Reasons for Optimism."
We encourage New York City alumni and friends of the Center to attend the conference.
Director Carter Snead participated in a panel this weekend for the National Review Institute. The panel was entitled "Politics and the Pro-Life Movement." Professor Snead was joined on the panel by Dorinda Bordley of the Bioethics Defense Fund, Edward Mechmann of the Archdiocese of New York Office of Family Life, and Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Professor Snead's remarks occur at 53:40, 1:01:16,
1:13:08, and 1:21:38.
Center Director and Notre Dame Law School Professor O. Carter Snead recently did a radio interview on the topic of assisted suicide for The Good Catholic, a radio show on Boston's 1060AM.
On October 16th, Center Director O. Carter Snead spoke to the Boston Leadership Forum on the topic of assisted suicide.
The Leadership Forum
was established twelve years ago by a group of downtown Boston professionals as a way to encourage men to live unity of life, integrating their faith into their professional, family and social lives.
The Leadership Forum takes its inspiration from the documents of the Second Vatican Council and from the writings of Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II and of St. Josemaria Escriva, the Founder of Opus Dei. This talk is the first of the Leadership Forum’s twelfth season.
Read more about the event here.
Professor Snead gave a similar presentation to students, faculty, staff, and parents at both the Montrose School and St. Sebastian's School.
Professor Snead will be taking a trip out east during Fall Break to give a lecture on assisted suicide to Harvard students and faculty. The lecture, which will take place on Tuesday, October 16th at Harvard Law School, is a part of the Social Issues Seminar run by Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon.
Friday, November 2 (Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh)
Football Fridays at the Eck: On the Sidelines with O. Carter Snead,
William P. and Hazel B. White Director, Center for Ethics and Culture and Professor of Law
The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture: the New Director's Vision for the Future
Carter Snead, the newly appointed William P. and Hazel B. White endowed director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will share his plans for the future. The purpose of the Center is to be the most important hub in the world for research, teaching, and exchange in the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. It aspires to share the richness of that tradition with Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, elite academia, and the public square to project Notre Dame's voice in the world in service of human dignity and the common good.
Center Director O. Carter Snead has just been appointed by University President Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, to the 45-member Notre Dame Academic Council. The Council's duties include:
-Determining general academic policies and regulations of the University;
-considering the recommendations of the Graduate Council;
-approving major changes in the requirements for admission to and graduation from the colleges;
-authorizing the establishment, modification or discontinuance of any academic organization of the University; and
-providing for review, amendment and final interpretation of the academic articles.
Center Director Carter Snead will give a presentation entitled "The HHS Mandate and Religious Freedom" to Notre Dame undergraduates for the "Professors for Lunch" program. The presentation will occur in the North Dining Hall at noon. Lunch will be provided, and all are welcome.
The second part of this discussion will occur on Friday, September 21st at noon in the North Dining Hall. This presentation will feature a faculty panel which will discuss the topic "Why is ND suing the Obama Administration to protect religious freedom? And should it be doing so?"
Professors for lunch is sponsored by the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and American Public Life, the Office for Undergraduate Initiatives, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Dean's Fellows.