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The New Conservatives in Bioethics: Who Are They and What Do They Seek?
This article discusses the new conservative movement in bioethics and seeks to identify who the conservatives are and what characterizes their position. I contend that it is not only the substantive views of these conservatives that distinguish them from contributors to mainstream bioethics; it is also some features of their writings that mark a departure from the way bioethicists have typically engaged in debates. These new contributors to the field have applied the label “conservative” to themselves as they mount a critique of the assumedly “liberal” tradition of mainstream bioethics. Yet I question whether these labels are meaningful, or at least consistent.
This article discusses the new conservative movement in bioethics and seeks to identify who the conservatives are and what characterizes their position. I contend that it is not only the substantive views of these conservatives that distinguish them from contributors to mainstream bioethics; it is also some features of their writings that mark a departure from the way bioethicists have typically engaged in debates. These new contributors to the field have applied the label “conservative” to themselves as they mount a critique of the assumedly “liberal” tradition of mainstream bioethics. Yet I question whether these labels are meaningful, or at least consistent.
Ruth Macklin, "The New Conservatives in Bioethics: Who Are They and What Do They Seek?" Hastings Center Report 36, no. 1 (2006): 34. 
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