The COVID-19 vaccine has raised ethical questions. During our January Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Ryan Anderson, founder and editor in chief of Public Discourse, explores many of these questions. Is COVID-19 vaccine developed from cell lines derived from an aborted fetus? If so, should a citizen of conscience who is opposed to abortion avail herself of it to protect herself and her loved ones during this time of pandemic? What are other ethical implications around vaccines? Should governments make vaccinations mandatory? Could businesses refuse service without a vaccine “passport?” Colorado has mandated that a 22-year-old, healthy, “frontline journalist” receive the vaccines before a 64-year-old with lung problems. Is this vaccine distribution plan ethical? What is the government’s ethical role in creating, researching, informing, distributing, and mandating vaccinations?
Distinguished Lecture Series: Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccines
Dr. Ryan Anderson
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
6:30 pm MT
About Dr. Ryan Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Public Discourse. He is also the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. He is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, and the co-editor of A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism? Perspectives from “The Review of Politics.”
Anderson’s research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”
Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.
He is the John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought at the University of Dallas, an adjunct professor of philosophy and political science at Christendom College, a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.
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