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Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives




University of Notre Dame Statement on the Defense of Life

Consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church on such issues as abortion, research involving embryos, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other related life issues, the University of Notre Dame recognizes and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. April 2010


The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity of the University of Notre Dame integrates principles of the Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life across all areas of the university and collaborates with relevant education and research programs across all colleges to support and enhance the university mission and vision as a Catholic institution of higher education. The scope of the dignity of life covers those endeavors which pertain to the growth of the "culture of life," as understood in Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae, and includes the fostering of a respect for the sanctity and dignity of life, from conception to natural death, and fostering an increase in knowledge and understanding  of the major life issues of the modern world ("life issues" understood as offenses against life at its beginning and end stages).