Healthcare Reform: The Contraception Mandate and Institutional Freedom of Conscience


Location: Eck Hall of Law, Room 1140

O. Carter Snead, professor of law and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture

Snead will speak about the proposed Department of Health and Human Services mandate, which requires many health plans to cover contraception, chemical abortion, and surgical sterilization. Fr. Jenkins has stated that the mandate would place Notre Dame in an “impossible position” by compelling the school “to either pay for contraception and sterilization in violation of the church’s moral teaching, or to discontinue our employee and student healthcare plans in violation of the church’s social teaching.”