Bioethics & Dignity of Life (Offered 2023-2024)
Grades 10, 11, 12
This course examines issues surrounding the teaching of the Catholic Church on the dignity of the human person. While the focus will be abortion as a violation of human dignity, Pro-Life Issues contextualizes it within the broader understanding of Catholic social teaching and morality. Euthanasia, contraception, infanticide, in vitro fertilization, the unjust use of the death penalty, and violations of the preferential option for the poor will be highlighted as violations of the dignity of the human person from conception until natural death. The class will also present the history, present activity, and future possibilities of advocacy within the pro-life movement. This class gives students the tools to discern how to use their talents and gifts to stand for life now, in college, and as adults.