New Bioethics Commission
President Obama has established a new bioethics commission. The chair of the Commission is Amy Guttman, the president of the University of Pennsylvania. The vice chair is James W. Wagner, the president of Emory University. You can read the press release here.
President Bush’s Council on Bioethics had many critics, but I was not one of them. It was a serious and committed group of scholars and they did important work. The new commission is more likely to be politically left-of-center than the right-of-center PCB, but let us hope that the new commission does not get mired in a new round of battles in the culture wars.
Any recommendations for commission members? My nomination: Cathy Kaveny.