On February 23, 2012 the Catholic Information Center hosted Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen to discuss the 2nd edition of their book EMBRYO: A DEFENSE OF HUMAN LIFE.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. Christopher Tollefsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
National debates over embryonic-stem-cell research have divided citizens and lawmakers alike, as we seek a reasoned approach to these issues that honors our highest scientific and moral ideals. In this timely consideration of the nature and rights of human embryos, George and Tollefsen make a compelling case that we as a society should neither condone nor publicly fund research that kills or harms human beings at any stage of development including the embryonic stage.
George and Tollefsen forthrightly address the political, scientific, and cultural dimensions of the debate about embryo-destructive research and offer a summary of scientific alternatives to research that destroys or harms embryos. They conclude that the state has an ethical and moral obligation to protect embryonic human beings in just the same manner in which it protects human beings at later developmental stages.