[extropy-chat] BIOETHICS: the other shoe drops

Reason reason at longevitymeme.org
Fri Apr 2 06:52:16 UTC 2004

--> Robert J. Bradbury

> Ok, the New York Times is reporting [1] that the U.S. Bioethics
> panel (chaired by that person we all know and love Dr. Leon
> Kass) is now suggesting limits to assisted fertility.
> "Oh gee we are sorry that your sperm are having a hard
> time dealing with your eggs, but by chance they do
> manage to get it together we want to regulate what
> you can do with the results because lord forbid you
> would donate any fertilized eggs you do not require so
> they could be used for stem cell research (killing a
> "child" in the process) because we wouldn't want any of
> that those biological reseaerch results to contribute
> to improving human health or God Forbid(!) extending
> human longevity because that would erode the monoply
> that religions have on life and death and the afterlife."
> On the optimistic side it appears there are till a few sane
> voices on the panel such as Dr. Gazzaniga from Dartmouth.

Kass is being interviewed on the 12th at SAGE Crossroads. Pity they couldn't
get him to do a debate...


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