Through scholarly research, the Anscombe Bioethics Centre participates in the global conversation on bioethics. Our staff and visiting research fellows publish frequently on ethical issues in healthcare and biomedical research, applying principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and Catholic moral teaching, and seeking to develop the implications of such teaching for emerging fields of practice.

The academic articles and essays in this section are all publicly available, either on the Centre’s website or through another online publication.

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Our research papers offer in-depth, focused analysis of current and fast-moving issues to inform policy debate and public understanding. Covering topics such as COVID-19, and Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (EAS), our papers bring together diverse voices from the Catholic community and wider society to examine challenges raised by these issues, and to explore potential solutions.


Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide (EAS) Briefing Papers

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has commissioned a series of Briefing Papers on euthanasia and assisted suicide, with the aim of informing Catholics and wider public debate in various jurisdictions concerning proposals for introducing assisted suicide into medical practice via legal frameworks. These papers clarify the issues at stake in the social, political, and medical discussion, examining the effects of legalising physician involvement in assisting a patient to end their own life, or directly causing their death.

See elsewhere on our website for material relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide, including a Guide to the latest evidence.


COVID-19 Briefing Papers

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has commissioned a series of COVID-19 Briefing Papers with the aim of bringing a diverse range of voices on board to address ethical issues of particular interest to the Catholic community, and the wider general public, in this fast-moving area.

These papers examine the challenges we have faced and the lessons to be learnt in order to improve the ongoing response to coronavirus, and they also identify key questions for a post-pandemic future.

Other COVID-19 material including a December 2020 article on vaccines can be found on our Resources page, while a video discussion of COVID-19 vaccines can be found here. For a list of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and information on their connection or lack of connection to abortion, see the Charlotte Lozier Institute chart.

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Our specialist bioethics reference library contains over 7000 titles, which makes it the largest such collection in the UK. Currently in storage, we are seeking support for a permanent home which will make this rich resource once again accessible to students, researchers, and the general public.

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The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is supported by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, but has also always relied on donations from generous individuals, friends and benefactors.