Human Cloning and Human Dignity
The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics
About This Event

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.
3:45 p.m. Registration
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
6:00 Adjournment
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  • Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Chair at AEI. He was the chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship. Along with co-editors Amy Kass and Diana Schaub, Dr. Kass is presently working to expand this project by creating video discussions and curricula materials that demonstrate how short stories can be used to enhance our understanding of the Meaning of America.
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  • Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray's other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), Human Accomplishment (2003), In Our Hands (2006), and Real Education (2008). His most recent book, Coming Apart (Crown Forum, 2012), describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.

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