June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment
I had heard this was soon to occur. The year I spent interning for the President’s Council on Bioethics was one filled with the finest experiences of my life. I can attest to the bipartisanship and spirit of open dialogue and healthy disagreement that the Council encouraged. I learned so much when I was working there.
From the Catholic World Report:
Within the recesses of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the President’s Council on Bioethics quietly went about its work, as it had done, under various titles and different mandates, for over 30 years. However, during the week of June 8, 2009, council members received letters from President Obama letting them know their services were no longer required. The present council will be shutting its doors.
Not related to HHS, but only housed there for administrative reasons, the present council was established by President George W. Bush’s executive order in November 2001. The 18 members were chosen by Bush from among a group of leading scientists, doctors, ethicists, social scientists, lawyers, and theologians. The council was chaired by Dr. Leon Kass, MD, PhD for its first four years, and by Edmund Pelligrino, MD during Bush’s second term.