The Public Interest

The horror

Joseph Bottum

Winter 2003

HERE are three directions in which we might take a discussion of the report of the President’s Council on Bioethics.  We might first talk about the issue of cloning itself.  Then again, we might turn to the deliberations of the President’s Council, as presented in this book, and talk about the divisions and insights of the council’s members. Finally, we might take this discussion to be about polities—which is to say, the impact and the importance, in the real world, of the policy recommendations made by the President’s Council. About all three of these, I have enormous amounts to say—more than could ever be fit into the time we have. But here are a few first thoughts.

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