Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre

'... not just the premier Christian bioethics
institute in Britain, but one of the finest in the
world, Christian or secular'.

Most Rev. Anthony Fisher O.P.,
Bishop of Parramatta, Australia.

About Us

The Anscombe Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programmes for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists. For more information please see the About Us section...

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News & Events

31 January 2014 - The Centre's response to a Department of Health consultation on standard operating procedures for independent abortion providers is available here.

13 January 2014 - We would like to draw attention to this statement composed and edited by Dr Pia Matthews of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London on behalf of a group of married and unmarried lay Catholics involved in academic research or teaching. If you agree with this statement and would like to endorse it please contact Dr Matthews at

10 September 2013 - The Director and the Governing Board of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre have agreed a statement welcoming the publication of the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway and endorsing all its recommendations, including the recommendation that the LCP should be replaced by an ‘an end of life care plan for each patient, backed up by condition-specific good practice guidance’.

Dr Mary McMenamin will deliver a paper to the Centre's Research Seminar on "The ethics of gene therapy" on Monday 9th June from 6pm-9pm. For more information, please email

Professor Nicanor Austriaco OP is the Anscombe Centre's Visiting Reserach Fellow during 2014, and visited the Centre in April/May. The focal point of his visit was a day conference on "Human Nature: Biology, Ethics, Theology" at which he presented some of his latest research. The event poster is available here

From January to March 2014 the Anscombe Centre provided a series of 6 lectures to medical and healthcare students in London. For more details, please contact David Jones at

Professor Anselm Müller delivered the Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2013. on Friday 27th September: ‘On the spiritual nature of man’. This lecture is now available on our YouTube Channel

The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.
This major international conference on the moral philosophy of GEM Anscombe, after whom the Centre is named, was held at St Hugh's College, Oxford (where G.E.M. Anscombe was an undergraduate student) on 27th and 28th September. The conference proceedings will be published in due course.

Conference speakers included Christopher Coope, Dr Mary Geach, Prof Luke Gormally, Dr Edward Harcourt, Dr David Jones, Prof Anselm Müller, Dr Matthew O’Brien, Prof Thomas Pink, Prof Duncan Richter, Dr Roger Teichmann, Prof Jose Maria Torralba and Prof Candace Vogler.

Prof. Jones introduces Chimera's Children at the Centre's book launch event on 19th June 2013. A monograph by Dr James Mumford Ethics at the Beginning of Life: a phenomenological critique and an issue of the journal Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics were also launched.

A letter on presumed consent and organ donation (the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill), co-signed by the Director, is available here.