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The Presidentís Council on Bioethics

The President’s Council on Bioethics was created by President George W. Bush on November 28, 2001. (The executive order creating the Council is online here.) It was disbanded in June 2009. During those years, the Council held dozens of meetings and discussions under its two chairmen: Dr. Leon R. Kass and Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino. It also released nine original publications — all archived below in PDF format — and one anthology. The full website of the Council is now archived and made available online by Georgetown University’s Bioethics Research Library.

Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry
July 2002
Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness
October 2003

Being Human: Readings from the President’s Council on Bioethics
December 2003
Monitoring Stem Cell Research
January 2004
Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies
March 2004
White Paper: Alternative Sources of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
May 2005
Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society
September 2005
Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President’s Council on Bioethics
March 2008
The Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening: An Ethical Analysis by the President’s Council on Bioethics
December 2008
Controversies in the Determination of Death: A White Paper by the President’s Council on Bioethics
December 2008


In The New Atlantis


The Aging Self

Number 10 ~ Fall 2005