Is Contraception Harmful? A Debate Between Dr. Janet Smith and Dr. Christine Gudorf

Dr. Smith's Followup Remarks (Dr. Gudorf declined our invitation for a followup)

About Dr. Janet Smith (Answering in the Affirmative):Dr.Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy. Editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has coauthored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics, with Chris Kaczor.  She has been published in TheThomist, TheIrish Theological Quarterly, Nova et Vetera, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, The National Catholic Bioethics Journal, among other publications.

She speaks nationally and internationally on the Catholic teachings on sexuality and on bioethics.

She is serving a third term as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and she serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III.

She has received two honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service.

She has appeared on the Geraldo show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom and has done many shows for various series on EWTN.

Nearly two million copies of her talk, Contraception: Why Not have been distributed.  An updated version of Contraception: Why Not and a series of talks "Sexual Common Sense" are available through www.mycatholicfaith.org.

About Dr. Christine Gudorf (Answering in the Negative): Dr. Christine E. Gudorf  is Professor of Ethics in the Religious Studies Department of Florida International University, the state university in Miami. Her doctorate is from Columbia University in joint program with Union Theological Seminary. She has published seven books in various areas of Christian and religious ethics, from sexuality to environment. Her new book, Everyday Lifestyle Decisions: Comparative Religious Ethics, will be published by Fortress Press in Fall 2012. She has over 100 articles published in journals and anthologies, and in May 2012 will complete a two year research project funded by the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Institute of the University of Southern California on Pentecostal and Charismatic religion in Indonesia, where she has been a Fulbright Serial Scholar for the last nine years.

Dr. Gudorf is a long-time member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Academy of Religion. She was the President of the Society for Christian Ethics in 2007, has co-edited the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and earned multiple terms on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and the Journal of Religious Ethics, on which she still serves.