Contraceptive mandate conversation rescheduled for April 10
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[April 04, 2012]
Due to an illness, Lincoln Christian
University's March bioethics lecture on "The HHS 'Contraceptive'
Mandate: What Does this Mean for Religious Institutions?" was
canceled. The lecture has been rescheduled for April 10 at 7 p.m. in
Restoration Hall. Area church leaders and faith-based organization
administrators are again invited to participate in the opportunity
to learn more about the implications of the controversial mandate.
This lecture is the second in a series of bioethics conversations
sponsored by LCU's School of Adult & Graduate Studies and will
feature Mailee Smith, staff counsel for Americans United for Life.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate would
require religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for
contraception, including some forms that many people find
objectionable. Smith, an attorney and legal scholar, will share her
opinions on the implications of the U.S. president's recent
preventive care mandate.
As staff counsel for Chicago-based Americans United for Life, a
leading pro-life organization, Smith is often called on to write
legal arguments for the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also the
associate editor of AUL's annual state-by-state legal guide on
abortion, bioethics and end-of-life legislation and court decisions,
Smith has been published in a number of other publications,
including "Tracking the FDA's Approval of Plan B: 10 Years of
Endangering Women's Health," in "Culture of Life Brief" (July 27,
2009); and "Abortion and the Protection of the Unborn: A Survey of
Federal and State Law," in "Defending Life 2006: Proven Strategies
for a Pro-Life America" (Denise Burke, ed. 2006).
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Smith earned her bachelor's degree from Greenville University and
a juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. She was
admitted to the bar in November 2003. In addition to her work for
Americans United for Life, Smith serves as an adjunct professor in
bioethics at Lincoln Christian University and Trinity Evangelical
LCU's School of Adult & Graduate Studies is sponsoring four
bioethics conversations this spring in an effort to help engage the
community. The conversations will address questions and concerns
regarding current ethical issues in the field of medicine and
health. The third conversation in the series is scheduled for April
17 and features Dr. Michael Sleasman on the topic of emerging
technologies in bioethics.
The School of Adult & Graduate Studies recently introduced a new
master's degree bioethics program offered at Methodist Medical
Center in Peoria. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Kurka at
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Christian University]