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Pro-Life Leader Skeptical of Obama's Intentions for Bioethics Commission

Contact: Stephen Phelan, Human Life International, 540-622-5270, SPhelan@hli.org  

FRONT ROYAL, VA, Dec. 4 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, today calls on the pro-life majority of Americans to pay close attention to the new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues created by President Barack Obama.
"The debate over health care reform has opened many people's eyes to the true nature of President Obama's views on the value of human life," said Rev. Euteneuer. "His plummeting poll numbers are an indication that the more Americans see what he really thinks, the more concerned they are."
On December 2, 2009, President Obama created the new commission, appointing Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania to serve as chair and James W. Wagner, president of Emory University, to serve as vice chair. It is believed that the commission will eventually be composed of 13 members, but it is unclear when the other members will be appointed.
 "Does anyone think that even one person on this commission will strongly represent the majority of Americans' pro-life views?" said Rev. Euteneuer. "We saw what the president thinks of bioethicists who disagree with him when he fired the previous presidential bioethics commission the day after they lodged a complaint about his policies."
"We already know what the president is going to do. He is going to find eleven utilitarians who will carefully furrow their scholarly brows as they tell us that we just have to get used to the idea that some lives aren't worth as much as others. Then he is going to find two 'pro-life Christians' or other religious types who provide religious-sounding rationalizations for this assault on life," said Rev. Euteneuer.
"Look at his advisors! Every one who has written on the relevant subjects is pro-abortion, pro-embryonic stem cell research, pro-euthanasia, pro-assisted suicide," said Rev. Euteneuer. "'Bioethicists' like this strive to create a 'Brave New World' for the weakest and most vulnerable of those created in God's image--those who doctors used to swear an oath to protect."

Human Life International: Creating effective opposition to the culture of death around the world. Founded in 1981, HLI is the world's largest pro-life organization and has affiliates in over 100 countries on six continents.