Leon Kass: The Ethics Cop

The Ethics Cop

Conservatives were heartened last week when President Bush appointed Dr. Leon Kass, an eminent University of Chicago bioethicist, to head an advisory panel on stem-cell research. Kass's visibility was already on the rise. He'd been morphing from political thinker to political player, largely because of his passionate opposition to human cloning. He has written two widely read articles on the topic for the New Republic and testified persuasively before Congress. In July he attended a crucial meeting at which Bush moved toward his decision to allow only limited federal funding of stem-cell research.

While Kass has made his views against cloning...

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