Dr. Patrick Lee, the director of the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaking at the 2010 Bringing America Back to Life Symposium on Human Dignity and Life’s Beginnings. How science, medicine and faith agree that life begins at conception. The fetus as somebody not something. Framing strong ethical arguments against abortion.
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Patrick Lee is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics and the director of the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is known nationally as a keynote speaker and author on contemporary ethics, especially on marriage and the value of human life.
Lee was born and raised in Dallas Texas. In 1992 Lee began teaching philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In 2007 he was appointed to direct Franciscan University’s Institute of Bioethics, which hosts annual conferences and offers specific classes on contemporary ethical issues for healthcare professionals and the general public. As director, Lee defends and articulates the natural law theory’s positions on human life and marriage through his writings, debates, and public speaking engagements. His expertise includes such hot-button bioethical issues as abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, sexual morality, and same-sex unions.
His books include Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics: (Cambridge University Press) with Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton University, and Abortion and Unborn Human Life (Catholic University of America Press). He has published over 40 articles in refereed journals or books, and is a regular contributor to popular publications such as First Things, National Review Online, New Atlantis, and The Public Discourse.
Lee has recently lectured or debated at Boston University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin at Wausau, Baylor University, Fordham University, and Princeton University. He is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Lee delivered the Olaf Tollefsen lecture at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire in 2003 and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture at University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in 2005.