Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre

'... not just the premier Christian bioethics
institute in Britain, but one of the finest in the
world, Christian or secular'.

The Most Rev. Anthony Fisher O.P.,
Archbishop of Sydney, Australia.

 
About Us

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre (originally known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics) is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programmes for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists.

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COVID-19 Briefing Paper 4
Care Homes and Older Members of the Community


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released the fourth briefing paper in its COVID-19 series. This briefing address ethical issues specifically pertaining to 'Care Homes and Older Members of the Community'.
Press Statement (20 May 2020)
Opt out organ donation system in England


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a press statement commenting on the introduction of an opt out system for post-mortem organ donation in England, which takes effect today.
COVID-19 Briefing Paper 3
NICE guideline on critical care


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a briefing paper on the guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding decision-making about admission to critical care -- the third in its COVID-19 series.
COVID-19 Briefing Paper 2
Vaccines and Foetal Cell-Lines


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a briefing paper on 'COVID-19 Vaccines and Use of Foetal Cell-Lines'. This is the second in a series aimed at addressing the ethical issues raised by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 Briefing Paper 1
Resource allocation and ventilators


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a briefing paper on 'Resource allocation and ventilators: A statement of Catholic principles'. This is the first in a series aimed at addressing the ethical issues raised by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 Update:
Event Cancellations


We are sorry to announce that in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have cancelled our upcoming events on 23 March and 25 March. These were the schools' event, Kantians and Utilitarians: Who is for or against euthanasia? (23 March), and the joint event with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Conscience Rights or Conscience Wrongs? Debating conscientious objection in healthcare (25 March).

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Visiting Research Fellow 2020:
Dr Xavier Symons


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has appointed Dr Xavier Symons as Visiting Research Fellow for 2020. Dr Symons is a Research Associate in the Institute for Ethics and Society at University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney and is the convener of the Bioethics and Healthcare Ethics research programme.

Dr Symons will be giving the keynote at the Centre's upcoming schools' event, Kantians and Utilitarians: Who is for or against euthanasia?. For more details on this event and how to register, please visit this page.
Press Statement (27 Jan 2020)
Appointment to the Pontifical Academy for Life


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a press statement welcoming the appointment of Mr Michael Wee, the Centre's education and research officer, to the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2019
Video recording


A video recording of Dr Maureen Condic's lecture, 'Twinning and Human Individuality', is now available on our social media:

Office Relocation

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is relocating its office premises on 24 Nov 2019. Please address all correspondence to our new address:

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre
The Macmillan Building
Pembroke College
St Aldate’s
Oxford OX1 1DW
United Kindgdom

The Anscombe Memorial Lecture:
'Twinning and Human Individuality'


Maureen On 8 Nov 2019, Dr Maureen L. Condic delivered the 10th annual Anscombe Memorial Lecture. addressing the subject of identical twinning and the status of the human embryo.

Dr Condic is Associate Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a Correponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

The Anscombe Memorial Lecture is an annual series given in honour of the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe, who taught at Oxford and Cambridge and was well-known for her defence of human life. The Lecture is co-sponsored by Blackfriars Hall.

We are grateful to Dr Condic for giving such a fascinating lecture, and to Blackfriars Hall for their continued support.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide:
Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre held a half-day symposium on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Papers were given by:

- Dr Jorge Martinez (Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
- Prof. David Paton (Professor of Industrial Economics, University of Nottingham)

With responses by:

- Prof. David Albert Jones (Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre)
- Dr Pia Jolliffe (Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford)

Jorge Symposium
Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: Blackfriars, Oxford

Briefing Paper (18 Sep 2019)
The Law Commissions' Consultation on Surrogacy Law


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a briefing paper on an ongoing consultation on proposed reforms to surrogacy law in the UK. The Anscombe Centre encourages all interested parties to respond to this consultation, details of which are provided in the briefing paper, along with a brief presentation of the ethical considerations involved.
Anscombe and Aquinas: Perspectives on Virtue
A joint research seminar


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre and the Aquinas Institute of Blackfriars, Oxford held a joint research seminar on 'Anscombe and Aquinas: Perspectives on Virtue'. Papers were given by:

- Dr Janice Chik (Visiting Scholar, Aquinas Institute)
- Mr Michael Wee (Education and Research Officer, Anscombe Bioethics Centre).

Anscombe Aquinas
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Time: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Blackfriars, Oxford

Press Statement (24 June 2019)
Forced abortion is not the mark of a humane society


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has released a press statement welcoming the Court of Appeal's decision to overturn a ruling of the Court of Protection which would have forced a mentally disabled woman to have an abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Privacy and Autonomy in Medical Law and Ethics:
Emerging Trends


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre held an international symposium on emerging trends in medical law and ethics. Papers were presented by:

- Prof. Ryan Meade (Loyola University Chicago Law School)
- Mt Rev Dr Thomas Paprocki (University of Notre Dame Law School)

With responses by:

- Prof. Jonathan Herring (Oxford University Law Faculty)
- Very Rev Dr Robert Gay (Blackfriars, Oxford).

Privacy
Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: Aula, Blackfriars, Oxford
Catholic Bioethics and the Magisterium:
A Reading Group


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre held a reading group in Trinity Term 2019 on 'Catholic Bioethics and the Magisterium'. This group provided an opportunity to explore bioethical issues through Church documents and papal teaching.

Magisterial Bioethics
Dates: Thursdays of Trinity Term 2019
Time: 4pm-5.30pm
Venue: Front Seminar Room, Blackfriars, Oxford
Elizabeth Anscombe Centenary Symposium:
Ethics and Agency


The Anscombe Bioethics Centre held a symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth Anscombe's birth, on the theme of 'Ethics and Agency'. Papers were presented by:

- Prof. David Albert Jones (Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre)
- Prof. Maria Alvarez (Professor of Philosophy, King's College London)
- Dr Roger Teichmann (College Lecturer in Philosophy, St Hilda's College, Oxford)
- Dr Lucy Campbell (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Warwick)

Anscombe Lecture 2018
Date: Monday, 18 March 2019
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: Blackfriars, Oxford

For more on the life and philosophical thought of Elizabeth Anscombe, please visit this page.

  Upcoming Events

Kantians and Utilitarians:
Who is for or against euthanasia?

A Schools' Event
23 Mar 2020, 2–4pm

Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Conscience Rights or Conscience Wrongs?:
Debating conscientious objection in healthcare

25 Mar 2020, 6.30–8pm

Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
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