Stem-Cell Options

A Report from the President’s Council on Bioethics

by Robert P. George

Following is our senior editor Robert P. George’s statement introducing “Monitoring Stem Cell Research: A report of the President’s Council on Bioethics,” issued on January 15, 2004. His report begins by acknowledging the differences in the nation and on the council on such questions as “the moral standing of the human embryo and the moral permissibility of deliberately taking embryonic human life,” and continues:

It should be understood that the purpose of this report is descriptive rather than prescriptive. It sets forth facts and reports opinions; it does not take positions on matters on . . .

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Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University (web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison). His books include In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press) and Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI Books). He has served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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