In their latest issue (March 27, 2009), the editors of Commonweal have written on President Obama's recent executive order on embryonic stem-cell research. Based on what I wrote earlier in this blog and what the editors wrote on page 5, we share the same position.
Yes, the Bush administration sometimes twisted science
to suit a political agenda—especially when it came to global
warming. But in setting a different course, the new president
must not allow scientific research to steer clear of ethical scrutiny.
The choice in this case is not between “sound science”
and “moral values,” but between genuine ethical reflection
and empty rhetoric.