Obama stops The President’s Council on Bioethics: Research Ethics in the News

[UPDATE: President Obama Establishes New Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Names Commission Leadership, November 24, 2009.]

Last week, Nicholas Wade reported in The New York Times that the President had pulled the plug on the most-recent version of the President’s Council on Bioethics. According to White House press officer, Reid Cherlin, President Obama disbanded the Council because it was “a philosophically leaning advisory group.” Wade also reports that Obama plans to create a new, more practical, bioethics commission in the future–Cherlin did not offer a timeframe.

James W. Fossett and Michelle N. Meyer respond in today’s Bioethics Forum with a (tongue-in-cheek) “who cares”–a comment in support of a federal commission focused on empirical research on bioethical issues. Similarly, Michael Cook, yesterday at BioEdge, speculated (but less happily) that this direction would mean “no more seminars; lots more Facebook.” Other reactions to this news include “Less Philosophy, More Policy” from Andrew Plemmons Pratt at Science Progress and a good-bye letter from Peter Augustine Lawler in the conservative publication The Weekly Standard.


President’s bioethics council disbanded. Alex Witze, The Great Beyond. June 19, 2009.

Gilbert Meilaender, Paul McHugh, Benjamin Carson, Nicholas Eberstadt, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Alfonso Gómez-Lobo, William Hurlbut, Donald Landry, Peter Lawler, and Diana Schaub. Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Science and Society. Bioethics Forum, March 25, 2009.

Other Research Ethics News:

EU legislation increases clinical-trial workloads. Nature News. June 24, 2009.

Drug ‘reports’ found to be faked. Stuart Laidlaw, Toronto Star. June 22, 2009.

Commentary: A Costly and Wasteful FDA. Henry I. Miller, Forbes. June 20, 2009.

NY to pay for eggs for research. Elie Dolgin, The Scientist. June 17, 2009.


One response to “Obama stops The President’s Council on Bioethics: Research Ethics in the News

  1. Pingback: Obama Fills The Presidential Commision for the Study of Bioethical Issues: Research Ethics in the News « Indiana Bioethics

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