Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics

Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics

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A special presentation sponsored by the Center for American Progress

Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics

January 7, 2010, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

President Obama pledged in his inaugural address to "restore science to its rightful place." He followed this up with a presidential memorandum of scientific integrity to accompany his executive order restoring funding for embryonic stem cell research. On November 24, another executive order established the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and just days ago, the NIH announced the approval of 13 new human embryonic stem cell lines for federally funded research.

After more than a decade of conservatives' dominance of public bioethical debate, progressive bioethics is finally in ascendance. Editors Jonathan Moreno and Sam Berger map this new landscape with Progress in Bioethics, an anthology featuring contributions from progressive and nonprogressive bioethicists alike. They tackle substantive policy issues such as stem cell research, conscience clauses, and health care reform. More generally, they discuss the meaning of progressive bioethics, its place in the political arena, its stance toward biotechnology, and its interplay with religion. And most importantly, they seek to apply the fundamental progressive values of social justice, critical optimism, and practical problem solving-values that are needed now more than ever to restore ideological balance to the politics and policy of the life sciences.

Please join CAP and Democracy: a Journal of Ideas for a lively panel discussion led by Jonathan Moreno, Senior Fellow at CAP, Editor-In-Chief of Science Progress, and co-editor of Progress in Bioethics.

Featured panelists:

  • Sam Berger, JD Candidate, Yale Law School; Co-Editor, Progress in Bioethics
  • Michael Tomasky, Editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
  • Clay Risen, Managing Editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
  • Kathryn Hinsch, Founder and Board President, Women's Bioethics Project; Contributor Progress in Bioethics
  • Marcy Darnovsky, Associate Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society; Contributor Progress in Bioethics

Moderated by:

  • Jonathan Moreno, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Editor-In-Chief, Science Progress, Co-Editor, Progress in Bioethics


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January 7, 2010, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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