Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre urgently needs your help.

Every week during the pandemic we have received calls from healthcare professionals, concerned relatives, and priests – those on the front line – asking for our advice on ethical issues.

There is no other Centre in the United Kingdom or Ireland that provides our level of expertise in Catholic bioethics.

However, Covid-19 has had a catastrophic effect on our finances.


We need your help.


Can you support the Centre monthly?
£10, £25, £50, or £100





If this is not possible, an annual donation would be very welcome.
£50, £100, or £200


To donate annually by Direct Debit, please email Gwen McCourt: admin@bioethics.org.uk




A stand-alone donation can make a real difference to the work we do.
£50, £100, £200, or even £500





The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s lives, not only in terms of loss of life, but to physical and mental health, jobs and security. It has also raised a host of ethical issues and the Anscombe Bioethics Centre has been leading the way in responding.

We have produced a unique series of briefing papers on allocation of ventilators, the use of foetal cell-lines in vaccines, and the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable groups.

During the year, tens of thousands of people have connected with the Anscombe Centre either by attending online events, by viewing our YouTube channel, or by visiting our website.


Since moving to Oxford in 2010, staff at the Centre have:

Spoken at over 500 events at schools, chaplaincies, universities and seminaries

Engaged with governmental or other bodies by submitting evidence more than 80 times

Published over 170 academic and popular articles and book chapters

Published 11 books and reports on a range of bioethical issues including euthanasia, abortion, and organ transplantation.



With activists renewing their efforts to promote abortion, to legalise assisted suicide, and to limit conscientious objection, there has never been a greater need for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.

These are hard financial times for everyone but anything you can spare for the work of the Centre goes a long way. Please consider supporting the Centre monthly, or annually, or with a one-off donation.

And please keep the Centre in your prayers.

Thank you.





What do Bioethicists do in lockdown?

This short video will give you a window into our life over the past 12 months. Thank you for your support which will help us to continue!