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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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The President’s Stem Cells

The President’s Stem Cells

(p.13) Dialogue 3 The President’s Stem Cells
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Bernard Stein, M.D., and Dr. Rebecca Franklin are having a conversation about President George W. Bush's policies on human embryonic stem cells. Stein is an ethics advisor to Bush, head of a national bioethics advisory panel, and a leading scholar on reproductive ethics. Here he and Franklin discuss how U.S. policy on stem cells evolved, particularly with regards to federal policy on human embryos; the peculiarities of the bifurcated system of ethics in the United States—one set of principles for public funding and another for private funding; Bush's restricted collection of stem cell lines—the president's stem cells; the opposition of scientists to the Bush administration's position concerning the moral status of embryos; and Bush's refusal to provide public funds for embryonic stem cell research.

Keywords:   stem cells, George W. Bush, human embryonic stem cells, bioethics, federal policy, human embryos, public funding, private funding, cell lines, stem cell research

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