I wonder whether the new commission/committee/council will have even one pro-life member? Will Robert P. George (one of only 3 or 4 conservative bioethicist with tenure at a major university), for example, have a spot?
And remember the fuss and bother when some of the members of President Bush’s Council were replaced in March, 2004? Bet there’s none, now!
Obama Plans to Replace Bush’s Bioethics Panel
By NICHOLAS WADEMembers of the President’s Council on Bioethics were told by the White House last week that their services were no longer needed and were asked to cancel a planned meeting, a council staff member said Wednesday.
The council was disbanded because it was designed by the Bush administration to be “a philosophically leaning advisory group” that favored discussion over developing a shared consensus, said Reid Cherlin, a White House press officer.
President Obama will appoint a new bioethics commission, one with a new mandate and that “offers practical policy options,” Mr. Cherlin said.
>Yes! Enough of that silly "discussion" business; we must have "consensus." CONSENSUS! Even when there is no real consensus, we must find consensus!