Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

She is the author, editor or contributor to various works on Life Issues, Bioethics, Humanae Vitae, Same Sex Attraction, and Catholic Moral Theology.

More than two million copies of her talk, Contraception: Why Not have been distributed. 

Prof.  Janet E. Smith speaks nationally and internationally on the Catholic teachings on sexuality and on bioethics and has published numerous articles on sexuality and bioethics.

She is serving a third term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She received an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, an honorary doctorate from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Veritas Award from the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute at Ave Maria University.

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


For the 25th anniversary year of the historic document Humanae Vitae(1968), Janet Smith has gathered together twenty-one outstanding essays and articles by well-respected thinkers to provide the demonstration that Pope Paul VI was not simply correct, but prophetic. While this document is still widely neglected and misunderstood, the Church continues to proclaim that contraception is a moral evil and that the view of man, sexuality, and marriage that leads to the use of the Pill is not one that is compatible with human dignity, sexual responsibility and spousal love.

Many are unaware that there have been energetic and persuasive worth defenses of this teaching. The general reader, as well as the ethicist and moral theologian, will find much here to stimulate his thinking on this issue. Contributors include William May, Paul Quay, Elizabeth Anscombe, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Carlo Caffara, Cormac Burke, Ralph McInerny, John Kippley, John Finnis and Janet Smith.

Rather than end the debate over artificial means of contraception once and for all, the encyclical letter Humane Vitae only energized the debate when it appeared in 1968, and that debate continues to this day. Janet E. Smith presents a comprehensive review of this issue from a philosophical and theological perspective. Tracing the emergence of the debate from the mid-1960s and reviewing the documents from the Special Papl Commission established to advise Pope Paul VI, Smith also examines the Catholic Church’s position on marriage, which provides context for its condemnation of contraception.

Complex Issues. Thoughtful Answers.

When is it right to remove a feeding tube from a patient?
Are health care workers entitled to conscience protections?
Should contraceptives be used for medical purposes?

Is medical marijuana ever OK?

Medical and technological advances have left millions of Catholics grappling with tough issues—dilemmas that will only multiply as technology and medicine continue to develop at an ever-faster pace. In this updated and expanded edition of Life Issues, Medical Choices, two noted bioethicists explore fundamental principles of Catholic thought—in accessible, easy-to-understand language—to help you make decisions about complex medical and life issues.

Janet E. Smith, the well-known philosophy professor and writer, presents a critical look at the meaning of the “right to privacy” that has been so often employed by the Supreme Court in recent times to justify the creation of rights not found in the Constitution by any traditional method of interpreting a legal document. Smith demonstrates how such inventions have led to the legal protection of abortion, assisted suicide, homosexual acts, and more.

Current Talks, topics & Events

Janet E. Smith with be speaking across the country in 2018 in recognition of humanae vitae

2018 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.  Latin for Human Life , Humanae Vitae was an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI and published July 25, 1968. The text represents the Catholic’s perspective “On the Regulation of Birth” and it re-affirmed the orthodox teaching of the Church regarding married love, responsible parenthood, and the rejection of most forms of contraception.  Attend one of Prof. Janet E. Smith’s speaking events near you.  See the event calendar for more details on times and locations.

A new dialogue on Same Sex Attraction:  QUestions and Answers from the heart

Same Sex Attraction is a part of some persons’ subjective experience.  Prof Janet E. Smith provides guidance to this state of affairs in context with Catholic moral theology. Inclusion of those with same sex attraction as well as clergy, seminarians, and those in your parish community are welcomed into the conversation with Prof. Janet E. Smith new works on the subject.


In this new revised edition of Professor Janet Smith’s groundbreaking expose on the effects of the pill on modern society, she presents a God-centered view of sexuality that can bring married couples a joy that they could have never imagined. Backed by statistics and armed with decades of research, Prof. Smith shows the crippling effect of the contraceptive culture on our relationship with God, our romantic relationships and marriages, the culture at large and our physical and mental health.

Contraception: Cracking the Myths

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1 year ago
James Comey says he asked a close friend to share the context of his memos with a reporter, as it might spark a special counsel. #ComeyDay
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I wonder why that is???

I don't often ask for RTs but this one is likely worth it. https://t.co/KSZYlPg6L3
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Name one church that has witnessed a sudden rebound in attendance and conversions after collapsing on the question of "gay marriage".
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Comey leaked memos he created as FBI director and then shared them with the media before Congress for political impact

let that sink in
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Democratic congressman on why rural voters abandoned them: "I heard a lot about [Obamacare]" https://t.co/IrBoDvKDBt https://t.co/4seS6J2mqZ