Obama quickly dissoved the bioethics council that might have actually analyzed and critiqued the policy. He prefers a rubber-stamp approach to that of his predecessor.
Last month, President Barack Obama quietly disbanded the
President’s Council on Bioethics, a deliberative body whose changing
cast of erudite and ideologically diverse members had spent the past
eight years thinking through today’s toughest moral questions…
It’s ironic that a president often hailed as a sort of
philosopher-king regards the discussion of philosophical questions as a
waste of time for a bioethics commission. And it’s odd that a leader
who talks incessantly about the importance of listening to diverse
viewpoints found so little to like about a council that was one of the
few vehicles left in America for intelligent, civil public discourse
about weighty moral questions.
Oxymoronic, isn’t it?