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Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications for graduate programs for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Roberto Dell'Oro, Ph.D. to present his paper at the 11th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture
"The Body as Gift: Medicine, Theology, and the Question of Embodiment"

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Salon H. Leavey Center, Georgetown University

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Roberto Dell'Oro, Ph.D. to present his paper at the 1st Annual Pellegrino Seminar of The Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
 "Clinical Judgment, Epistemology, and the Hermeneutics of Medical Praxis

Friday, March 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.

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Bioethics Lecture
April 9, 2014
"The Euthanasia Debate: International Perspectives"
With John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D.

The legality of voluntary euthanasia and patient assistant suicide has been a controversial issue in the United States and other countries. John Keown, D. Phil., Ph.D., argues that legalizing patient assisted suicide may lead to a slippery slope that could result in the necessary killing of patients. The debate calls us to question the meanings of compassion and autonomy as it relates to human suffering. In this lecture, Professor Keown will speak about the central issues in the debate, exploring the full moral and legal implications both nationally and globally.

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2013-2014 Lecture Series

The Bioethics Institute lecture series features discussions on contemporary issues in bioethics with renowned scholars and authors.

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Only One Message: LMU Remains Catholic

by Roberto Dell'Oro, Ph.D.

This article was featured in The Tidings on Friday, November 1, 2013.

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LMU Bioethics Institute Now accepting


Taking on Reproductive Justice

Loyolan op-ed: Taking on reproductive justice

I was recently given the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Dr. Hille Haker of Loyola University Chicago, “Feminist Bioethics and the Concept of Parenthood in the Age of Reproduction.” I’ve always been a big proponent of reproductive rights for women and men, but I never knew that the subject extended beyond the availability and quality of abortion, contraceptives and reproductive care. Dr. Haker discussed at length the ethics and morality of assisted reproduction – all the nooks and crannies of reproductive justice that are often hidden away from public discourse.

Did you know an egg donor can make between $5,000 and $10,000 for an embryo egg “donation?” Young women, particularly those struggling to pay college bills, are scouted for in magazines and newspapers to donate their eggs or be surrogate mothers.

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Only one message: LMU remains Catholic

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By Roberto Dell'Oro*
Friday, 01 November 2013

Roberto Dell'Oro

The matter of reproductive coverage has been, of late, one of the main concerns of many Catholic universities. In fact, it remains a highly controversial issue for all of them, as they try to articulate a sense of their specific identity in moral matters.

In his recent article, Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, dismissed the recent decision by the Board of Trustees of the University as “a mixed message.” Such judgment is unfair.

Behind the apparent neatness of his arguments, Dr. Kaczor neither conveys the depth of the quandary the University faced in its decision, nor the merit of a solution that, as President David Burcham suggested in his recent Convocation Address, far from chipping away at LMU’s commitment to its Catholic identity, articulates its meaning for a community of faculty, students, and staff that has become, over the years, increasingly pluralistic and diverse.

It is not my intention, here, to rebut Dr. Kaczor’s arguments in detail. I want to offer, however, an alternative account of the University’s rationale for its decision, on the presupposition that Dr. Kaczor’s critique, though clear, might actually betray a lack of appreciation for the complexity of the problems at stake.

LMU’s solution stands between two extremes: the dogmatic imposition of values on personal conscience and decision making, on the one hand; the identification, without further qualification, of freedom of conscience and freedom of choice, on the other. A solution that would de facto buy into either one of these extremes cannot be justified on Catholic grounds.

What does the middle ground look like, then? The University’s position is based on a couple of considerations.

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* On Oct. 7, the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University voted to eliminate insurance coverage for elective abortions for faculty and staff in 2014. The Jesuit university will, however, provide employees an option to have abortion coverage if they pay for it themselves through an alternative health care plan.

In The Tidings’ Oct. 18 issue, Dr. Christopher Kaczor, LMU Professor of Philosophy, writing in a guest column, “Mixed Messages,” said the decision to allow making available insurance coverage for elective abortion through a third party is “morally problematic.” This article is Professor Dell'Oro's response to Dr. Kaczor’s column.