Chapter 3 examines events of the early 1990s, focusing in particular on the deliberations of the National Institutions of Health Human Embryo Research Panel (HERP). The National Institutes of Health established the HERP after congress passed legislation that ended a de facto moratorium on federal funding for human embryo research. The chapter demonstrates how the Panel drew on John Rawls’ theory of public reason to construct an account of public reason that privileged scientific authority, and examines the political and policy reactions to the Panel’s recommendations.
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