New Year; New Theme

Hey Everyone!

We hope all of you are settling into an amazing school year!

This year, we are choosing to focus on the question: “What does it mean to respect human life?” Specifically, this question will be looked at in light of different bioethical issues that arise at the beginning and end of life stages. As students involved in the club, we are committed to defending the dignity of human life, but we recognize that we need to explore what this means.  As an exec, we are excited to say that we will be exploring this theme in a variety of new ways, including presentations, guest lectures, club discussions, Q&A, and Movie Nights, to name a few.

We’ve found in the past that such bioethical issues are often not open to discussion, and so we want to create an opportunity where people of varying opinions can come together for discussion and questions regarding these issues.

Our first event is happening Wednesday Sept 12th from 5:30-6:30 in Health Science Library 1B20! It will be a brief introduction to some of the questions we’ll be looking at this year, and the ways in which we hope to explore them (as well as seeing what you guys are interested in discussing at future events!)

 Please note: This is not a “pro-life only” event; we hope to reach out to both the people who already want to defend and promote the dignity of human life, and also the people who are curious about discussing this question in light of bioethical issues concerning unborn human life (abortion, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive technologies), and at the end of life (euthanasia).

We hope to see many of your inquisitive selves there! 

PS: For a sneak peek of some of the resources the exec will be using for presentations, check out the World Youth Alliance: a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. http://www.wya.net/ 
We are very excited about the tools and opportunities the WYA presents, especially as they help us to understand and analyze pressing bioethical issues from the perspective of dignity, freedom, and solidarity!

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