President Bush’s Comments on Bioethics

Date: 04/05/2002

“There is another danger to guard against: The use of genetic research to threaten the dignity of life itself. The powers of science are morally neutral—as easily used for bad purposes as good ones. In the excitement of discovery, we must never forget that mankind is developed—is defined not by intelligence alone, but by conscience. Even the most noble ends do not justify every means. Life itself is always to be valued and protected. In biomedical research, we’re dealing with the very makings of life—and the law must be firm and clear in restraining the reckless and protecting the voiceless.”

– President George W. Bush, February 11, 2002