15:24 PM

Colloquium Lecturer on "...The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics"

Dr. O. Carter SneadNotre Dame Professor of Law and Political Science O. Carter Snead, who is often interviewed on matters of bioethics in the political sphere and has acted as an advisor in these matters to those creating public policy, is on campus to give the Center for Thomistic Studies colloquium talk at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in Sullivan Hall, room 102.  The talk is in-person or online here.

The title of his talk is “What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics.” Snead has a current book published by the same title.

“The natural limits of the human body make us vulnerable and, therefore, dependent throughout our lives on others,” Snead said. “Yet, American law and policy disregard these stubborn facts, with statutes and judicial decisions that presume people to be autonomous, defined by their capacity to choose.”

In his talk, Snead proposes a vision of human identity and flourishing that supports those who are profoundly vulnerable and dependent—children, the disabled and the elderly. 

To show how such a vision would affect law and policy, he addresses three complex issues in bioethics: 

  • abortion
  • assisted reproductive technology
  • end-of-life decisions

He concludes that if the law is built on premises that reflect the fully lived reality of life, it will support the vulnerable, including the unborn, mothers, families, and those nearing the end of their lives. In this way, he argues, policy can ensure that people have the care they need to thrive.

Refreshments will be served.  RSVP here.