HSS contraceptive mandate conversation at LCU on Tuesday
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[March 09, 2012]
Are you curious to know why the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate is
such a controversial subject? On Tuesday, the Lincoln Christian
University School of Adult & Graduate Studies will present a lecture
entitled "The HHS 'Contraceptive' Mandate: What Does this Mean for
The presentation will be at 7 p.m. in Restoration Hall on the LCU
Area church leaders and administrators of faith-based
organizations are invited to participate in this opportunity to
learn more about the implications of this controversial mandate. The
HHS mandate would require religious institutions to provide
insurance coverage for contraception, including some forms that many
people find objectionable.
The 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.
As an attorney and legal scholar, Smith will share her opinions on
the implications of the U.S. president's recent Health and Human
Services 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 "Defending Life," AUL's annual state-by-state
legal guide on abortion, bioethics and end-of-life legislation and
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," a "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 into the bar in November 2003. In addition to her work for
AUL, Smith serves as an adjunct professor in bioethics at Lincoln
Christian University and Trinity Evangelical University.
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
The School of Adult & Graduate Studies recently introduced a new
master's degree program in bioethics, offered at Methodist Medical
Center in Peoria. For more information, contact Robert Kurka at
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Christian University]