In 2001, President George W. Bush created the President's Council on Bioethics to address the ethical ramifications of biomedical innovation. For six months, the council--a team of leading scientists, physicians, ethicists, lawyers, humanists, and theologians--debated the pros and cons of cloning, both for creating babies and for research purposes. The result of their deliberations has just been published in Human Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics (PublicAffairs, October 2002).The panel will discuss whether these scientific advances come at some cost and represent fundamental changes in human procreation, family relations, and the regard for nascent human life. J. Bottum, books and arts editor of the Weekly Standard; William A. Galston, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland; Charles Murray, AEI senior fellow; and Diana Schaub, chair of the department of political science at Loyola College of Maryland, will offer critical commentary on the report. Leon Kass, AEI Hertog Fellow and chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, will respond. Tony Snow, host of Fox News Sunday, will moderate the discussion.
|4:00||Discussants:||Charles Murray, AEI|
|William A. Galston, University of Maryland|
|Diana Schaub, Loyola College of Maryland|
|J. Bottum, Weekly Standard|
|Response:||Leon Kass, AEI and the President's Council on Bioethics|
|Moderator:||Tony Snow, Fox News|