Carter Snead

Carter Snead

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William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture,
Professor of Law

Office: 2141 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-8259

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Areas of Expertise

Bioethics; governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology according to ethical principles; abortion; stem cell research

Standing at the intersection of bioethics and the law, Snead writes, speaks and thinks deeply about the governance of science, medicine and biotechnology. He is the former general counsel for the President’s Council on Bioethics, a White House advisory committee, and the principal author of the council’s 2004 report on the regulation of new biotechnologies affecting assisted reproduction, human embryo research and genetics. He recently was appointed to a four-year term on UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee, a 36-member body of independent experts that advises member states on bioethics, law and public policy.


Panel discussion: €œ"What Would a Good Conscience Clause Look Like? A Catholic University’€™s Perspective"

Legal and Public Policy Dimensions of Stem Cell Research

Notre Dame Community’s Hopes for the Obama Administration


Gov. Jerry Brown’s assisted suicide decision ‘selfish and short-sighted’
Creation, destruction of cloned human embryos an ‘injustice’
Justice served in life sentence for Gosnell
Supreme Court decision won’t assuage religious liberty concerns
Obama administration ‘compromise accommodation’ inadequate
Law school’s Snead says embryonic decision abandons moral neutrality
Law School Professor Snead dismayed by President Obama’s abortion funding decision
ND Law School professor Snead praises Vatican bioethics document as eminently reasonable
Law School’s Carter Snead says new research may end “intractable” stem cell debate
Law professor sees abortion case as crucial


Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture hosts fourth annual Vita Institute
Panel discussion on HHS mandate
Carter Snead, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, to give keynote address at 2013 National Right to Life Convention
ND Right to Life to host panel discussion on HHS contraception mandate
Carter Snead appointed director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture
Notre Dame conference on adult/non-embryonic stem cell research draws leading scholars
Law professor joins UNESCO’s Committee on Bioethics
Law professor Snead to speak at neuroethics meeting
ND Law professor Snead appointed to UNESCO committee
Stage set for court’s biggest abortion case in years, says Catholic law school prof
Professor Snead to speak on stem cell research


Religion News Service — Planned Parenthood’s problems go far beyond whether it sells organs
The Guardian — Planned Parenthood will stop accepting payment for fetal tissue used in research
Fox News — Planned Parenthood will forgo payment for fetal tissue: So now it’s OK because it’s free?
ABC News — Planned Parenthood Changes Fetal-Tissue Reimbursement Policy
Associated Press — Planned Parenthood to Forgo Payment in Fetal Tissue Programs
National Catholic Register — Will California’s Assisted-Suicide Law Lead to Abuse?
Fox News — It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood
The Wall Street Journal — Supreme Court Cases to Watch
Associated Press — High court to decide whether to take up major abortion case
Huffington Post — Here’s How The Anti-Abortion Movement Plans To Modernize Its Approach"
Catholic News Service — Euthanasia threatens improvements in end-of-life care, experts say
National Review — Victory for Hobby Lobby is Good News for Catholic Bishops
Catholic News Agency — Legal experts: Hobby Lobby ruling may have broad implications
Real Clear Politics — The Constitutionality of Protecting Unborn Babies at 20 Weeks
CNN International — UK takes step toward ‘three-parent babies’
Los Angeles Times — Supreme Court rejects ban on funding Planned Parenthood
Associated Press — Gosnell case reignites bitter US abortion debate; it’s a ‘grotesque wake-up call’ for dialogue
Reuters — Critics slam new cloning research
The Texas Tribune — Texas Senators Reopen Debate on Abortion Regulations
CNN — Abortion doctor convicted of murder waives appeal, avoids death sentence
Christian Science Monitor — How deal was struck for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell to serve life sentence
ABC News — Roe V Wade: After 40 Years, Deep Divide Is Legacy
C-SPAN — Conservative Thinkers Gather for National Review Institute Summit
National Review Online — The Religious-Liberty Threat Remains
Catholic News — HHS contraceptive mandate focus of panel at Catholic Media Conference
CNN — 43 Catholic Institutions Sue Government
Associated Press — Obama’s ‘accommodation’ on contraception is no such thing
The Wall Street Journal — Planned Parenthood’s Hostages
CNN (Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien) — Catholic institutions sue government
Catholic News Agency — Catholic scholars blast ‘aggressive’ US contraceptive mandate
Fox News — Science Over Ethics? Obama reverses Bush’s stem cell policy
The Globe & Mail (Canada) — The abortion issue comes back to life
Fox News — Glenn Beck’s Health Care Special