Where I stand on things

With the recent growth in popularity of extreme right parties and policies in Europe, as well as racist and dangerous leadership in the US, I think it is important for bioethicists to state clearly where they stand on things.

As I have made my views clear in my publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the media:

I favour a cautious, democratic and inclusive approach to governing new genetic technologies, which includes a robust public engagement deliberative process.

I am a cosmopolitanist, which means I regard myself as a citizen of the world and I believe in a shared common morality.

I am staunchly against discrimination in all of its forms, based on colour, creed, country, culture, gender, etc.

I favour women’s empowerment, both in society and with respect to their bodies.

Just to be absolutely clear (this will be obvious to those who know me), I strongly oppose Brexit, Donald Trump, and any policy or politician that could threaten freedom, equality and justice.

That is why I am fond of this quote by the late Stephen Jay Gould:

“We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within” (S.J. Gould, 1981)

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