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Notre Dame professor presents logical case against assisted suicide


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BOSTON -- University of Notre Dame Professor of Law O. Carter Snead presented the logical case for opposing legalized physician assisted suicide to a group of Boston professionals gathered downtown on Oct. 16.

The professor spoke as a guest of The Leadership Forum at the Union Club on Park Street across from the State House on Oct. 16. The group of Boston professionals started hosting events to promote men integrating faith into their professional lives in 2000, taking inspiration from Vatican II, teachings of Pope John Paul II and St. Josemaria Escriva.

Snead served as general counsel for the President George W. Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2003 until 2005, and was the principal author of the council's 2004 report on the regulation of new biotechnologies affecting assisted reproduction, human embryo research and genetics. He specializes in the relationship between bioethics and the law.

In his presentation, he commented on what he sees as the flaws in the proposed law.

Beginning his talk, Snead laid out definitions and terminology to generate a clear understanding of the subject of physician assisted suicide.

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