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Bioethics affects us all.

In our families and in our homes, in our parishes, schools, and hospitals, we are constantly faced with ethical challenges concerning life and death, treatment decisions, reproductive technologies, and conscientious objection.

Advances in biotechnology and changes in the law continue to raise questions for policy makers and researchers.

Since 1977 the Anscombe Bioethics Centre has been a clear and consistent voice in defence of human dignity and Catholic values. Our research and public engagement have formed generations of healthcare professionals, Catholic clergy, and laity.

Although the future is uncertain, with your support we can continue our mission: promoting Catholic bioethics for the common good.

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Your help is crucial. COVID-19 has had a catastrophic effect on our finances.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences 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.

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