Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture on Youtube

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture has a Youtube page. On it they have videos from many previous conferences and events. featuring topics related to life issues, such as “Justice,” “The Body and Human Identity.” They also have some videos organized by category, such as “Bioethics, Human Dignity, and the Human Person,” and “Ethics, Public Policy, and the Common Good.”

I imagine that they will have videos up soon of the recently completed fall conference called, “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor.”

Saunders and Burke on the fate of the Texas abortion law

Here is a link to a good article by Bill Saunders and Denise Burke describing recent developments in cases challenging aspects of the Texas abortion law. The Supreme Court recently prevented the implementation of two parts of the Texas law–the requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and the requirement that abortion clinics comply with ambulatory surgical center standards. As Saunders and Burke explain, it seems likely that the US Supreme Court will take up the issues in the near future.

Here is the conclusion of their article: “Ultimately, Supreme Court review of Texas House Bill 2 would provide a welcomed opportunity to demonstrate that such maternal health laws are both necessary and medically justified, that state must be given significant latitude to regulate abortion, and that abortion is not “safe” for either women or their unborn children.”

Richard Myers

ProVita Newsletter coming soon

By the end of the month there will be another issue of ProVita Newsletter.

Please consider suggesting items to include.

I’m looking for:

  • News about UFL
  • Scholarly activities of member
  • Good research web pages and other sources
  • Scholar opportunities, including calls for papers, conferences, symposia, conventions, colloquia, talks and lectures.
  • Scholarly articles from the pro-life perspective, neutral, or pro-abortion perspective.

I’m also looking for someone who could write a 600-750 essay on pro-life scholarship in the discipline of philosophy.

If you have anything or are interested in writing the essay on philosophy, e-mail me at:


The abstract of another pro-abortion law review article

The abstract of another pro-abortion law review article has been published on the SSRN Medical-Legal Studies ejournal. It is:

“Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies – Introduction”   Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, pages 1-10, 2014

REBECCA J. COOK, University of Toronto – Faculty of LawEmail: JOANNA N. ERDMAN, Dalhousie University – Schulich School of LawEmail: Joanna.Erdman@Dal.Ca BERNARD DICKENS, University of Toronto – Faculty of LawEmail:

As this introduction illustrates, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.  While the United States and Western Europe may have been the vanguard of abortion law reform in the latter half of the twentieth century, Central and South America are proving to be laboratories of thought and innovation in the twenty-first century, as are particular countries in Africa and Asia. Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.  The chapters summarized in this introduction investigate issues of access, rights, and justice, as well as social constructions of women, sexuality, and pregnancy, through different legal procedures and regimes. They address the promises and risks of using legal procedure to achieve reproductive justice from different national, regional, and international vantage points; how public and courtroom debates are framed within medical, religious, and human rights arguments; the meaning of different narratives that recur in abortion litigation and language; and how respect for women and prenatal life is expressed in various legal regimes. By exploring how legal actors advocate, regulate, and adjudicate the issue of abortion, this timely volume seeks to build on existing developments to bring about change of a larger order.

Posted 141001 by Lynn Wardle


Sunday Long Island lecture on Baby Safe Havens



presents a lecture


Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven


Timothy Jaccard


Molloy College (Amphitheatre, Kellenberg Hall)

1000 Hempstead Ave.,

Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002

(For directions check the website –


Sunday, October 5, 2014

2:30 PM Refreshments, 3:00 – 4:30 PM lecture

All are welcome – free of charge – JOIN US  The newborn Baby Anglica was left in a toilet covered with wet toilet paper. Nassau County Police Department paramedic, Timothy Jaccard, was called to the scene and wept. The seasoned medical technician knew he had to do something.  Thus began what was to be his life’s mission – to save as many children as he could from succumbing to these desperate acts. In 1998 Jaccard founded the Long Island-based nonprofit AMT – Ambulance Medical Technicians Children of Hope Foundation /Baby Safe Haven. “Safe Havens” are designated public places, such as police stations, fire houses and hospitals where babies can be left safely with no questions asked. Today, Timothy Jaccard will tell us his story about the many babies that were saved through his efforts and the Children of Hope Foundation.

For further information contact: Dr. Clara Sarrocco –  Re:  Jaccard lecture

Sponsored by Long Island Chapter of University Faculty for Life & Molloy College Campus Ministries.

University Faculty for Life Essay Contest 2015

University Faculty for Life is now accepting submissions from college and university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research.

Guidelines for the contest and a one-page flyer are available and will eventually be posted at  Email for the flyer and complete contest rules.

Although the deadline for the 2015 contest is Saturday, 16 May 2015, please encourage college and university students to consider submitting their work now. Three reminders will be emailed at appropriate intervals during the balance of this academic year (15 November, 1 February, and 30 April).