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How should Trump and his administration grapple with bioethics?

| | December 19, 2016

We are entering Brave New World territory, with potentially momentous impact on culture and the concept of family [from human cloning to “three-parent” embryos].

What does our new president think about these and other such morally portentous matters? Based on Trump’s public pronouncements—of which there are none—it would appear that he has given little thought to bioethical matters….

That’s politically dangerous. Bioethics issues have the potential to explode suddenly into the public consciousness and grab an administration by the throat. Remember the embryonic stem cell research imbroglio under George W. Bush? A major technological breakthrough…could force President Trump and his administration to begin policy deliberations about complex and morally contentious issues with which they are ill-prepared to contend.

For a Trump bioethics commission to be more successful than past advisory boards, it would have to break new ground in its approach and be much more visible. Let’s call it a “populist” expert bioethics commission.

A commission consisting of social conservatives and liberals, moderates and libertarians, liberal academics and conservative think tank members would both generate media interest and offer the public and government a full range of opinions, helping…find areas of common ground.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Bioethics in the Age of Trump

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