Every year, we at the CBC, turn to our wise friend, Wesley J. Smith and ask him to predict the bioethics future. Here are his predictions for 2008. I wonder how well he will do on calling these out for 2008. You can read the whole piece here, but these are his predictions:
Research into human iPSCs will advance toward overcoming the need to use viruses in the cell reprogramming
The first human cloned embryonic stem cell line will be created
Methods will be advanced toward obtaining human eggs without requiring super-ovulation
No laws will be passed to permit egg buying for biotechnological research
The Bush ESCR funding restrictions will not be overturned
There will be no changes in the law about human cloning
Washington State Will Reject Legalizing Assisted Suicide
No State Legislature will Pass Assisted Suicide Legislation
Futile Care Theory Will Remain Stalled
And here is a shout out for him and his blog:
Wesley J. Smith is a special consultant to the CBC, Sr. Fellow with the Discovery Institute and blogs daily at Secondhand Smoke.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.