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Dr. Patrick Lee, John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers a presentation on the nature of marriage in light of his new book, “Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters”, co-authored with Dr. Robert George. Dr. Lee’s talk was sponsored by the Bioethics Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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Dr. Patrick Lee, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Abortion and Unborn Human Life”, responds to the argument that legalizing homosexual marriage does no harm to heterosexual marriage.
Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Franciscan University Institute of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy, explains why the argument that government should not be involved in marriage at all will not work.
Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Institute of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Abortion and Unborn Human Life”, discusses the misconception that people with religious beliefs should not have a voice in the creation of public policy.
The main argument proposed by those seeking to redefine marriage so that same-sex couples can be legally declared married is that homosexual persons are being unjustly denied a fundamental right. Everyone has a fundamental right to marry — the argument goes — but homosexuals are denied this right.
But this argument simply begs the question; it presupposes a particular — and false — answer to the question: What is marriage? A right to marry does not give people the right to compel everyone else to treat an entirely different kind of relationship they might have as if it were marriage.
Howard Ball’s lead essay on this issue is clear and helpful. Yet I think the term “Physician Assisted Death” is evasive and euphemistic. Physicians have for centuries helped patients to die—that is, to endure the process that ends in their death. The question is whether physicians should help them kill themselves—and whether the law should allow physicians to do so. Thus I will use the term Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS). This raises a moral question (Is PAS morally right?), and a legal question (Should PAS be against the law?).
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Dr. Patrick Lee, Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, addresses the issue of Pro-Life voting and its priority.