Bioethics Panel Dismissed; Obama Panel Will Be More Policy OrientedJune 18th, 2009
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Per the New York Times, the President’s Council on Bioethics has been given its walking papers. Although the Council’s authority was set to expire September 30, it has been asked to cancel its June meeting, and the members have been told their services are no longer needed. I have found no indication that the naming of a new council is imminent, but it stands to reason that it should happen soon, at least prior to September 30.
The New York Times article notes that
“The council was disbanded because it was designed by the Bush administration to be “a philosophically leaning advisory group” that favored discussion over developing a shared consensus, said Reid Cherlin, a White House press officer.
“President Obama will appoint a new bioethics commission, one with a new mandate and that “offers practical policy options,” Mr. Cherlin said.”
Aside from the stem cell decision made by President Bush early in his administration, there have been few, if any, policy judgments made that received recommendations from the council. It has issued several reports on various biomedical issues, but they were often readers on the subject, essay collections, or other documents more suited for background information than policy advice. This is, of course, the perogative of the President.