5-05 - Shall We Manufacture Our Children?
Presenter: Richard Doerflinger
Recent progress in scientists’ ability to “edit” our genetic makeup raises new hopes for medical cures, but also raises serious questions about the destruction of early human life, the unintended consequences of releasing such alterations into the human population, and the prospect of parents having their children “designed” to order instead of welcoming them as gifts. Scientists may want to direct society’s discussion of whether and how to proceed, but informed moral and religious voices must be raised before the situations portrayed in “Brave New World” or the film “Gattaca” are upon us.
Presenter Bio:
Richard Doerflinger retired last year from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, where for 36 years he prepared policy statements and testimony on abortion, euthanasia and other medical-moral issues. He has published in many journals, and his syndicated column is distributed by the national Catholic News Service. He is an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago, and conducted doctoral studies in Theology there and at the Catholic University of America.

Workshop Schedule:
Timeslot Room Occupancy
1/6/2018 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM TBA Unlimited