THURSDAY, October 16, 2003
Welcome and Opening Remarks
CHAIRMAN KASS: Good morning. Welcome to this, the 14th
meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics. Welcome to
members of the Council, welcome to staff, welcome, membesr of the
This is the 14th meeting in 21 months, a rather hectic pace, and
I want to thank all members of the Council for their heroic work
in the weeks preceding this meeting on the multiple documents that
we sent your way and for your careful attention and comments.
I recognize the presence of Dean Clancy, our Executive Director
and Designated Federal Officer, in whose presence this is a legal
There are two announcements on the subject of renewal. As I believe
I mentioned in the memo to you, the Council has been renewed, I
believe, for good behavior in an executive order signed on the 17th
of September, announced in the Federal Register on the 23rd.
We, along with a whole host of other advisory commissions, have
been renewed through the fiscal year of 2004 and five, that is to
say, to the end of September 2005.
What this actually means concretely for our work schedule, we
will be letting you know, but someone of the pace of our work over
the last two years, especially this year, has been informed by some
doubt as to how long we would be alive, and I think I can promise
you that there will be not so many meetings and a more leisurely
pace of work, and I trust that that will not be unwelcome news to
those around the table.
Second, there is renewal of a more personal and human sort, and
I'd like to announce the birth of Joseph Thomas Clancy on October
10th to Dean and Heidi Clancy.
CHAIRMAN KASS: It would be, I think, remiss for a body
that spends so much of its time thinking about the dignity of human
procreation in the abstract not to celebrate it in the flesh and
in our midst.
All best wishes to you, Dean, and to the family.
Several of our members are unavoidably absent, send their regrets.
They have also in some cases sent in their comments for the later
discussion, and I will read them.
Frank is abroad at a previously arranged meeting. Mary Ann very
late was named as part of the delegation to attend the 25th anniversary
celebration of the Pontificate of John Paul, II. Janet has a longstanding
conference, and Dan Foster at the last minute had to cancel for
family reasons. He is okay. Elizabeth will be with us tomorrow.
But we are a quorum, and I think we can proceed.