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Life and Death -- Principles and Politics
A Conversation about Abortion, Bioethics, and American Politics

In the past three decades, the "life issues" -- abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and embryo-destroying research -- have reshaped American law, politics, and culture. Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at National Review, considers each of these issues and the larger question of the fundamental human right to life in his new book, The Party of Death. His book has already inspired impassioned debate -- with some embracing his argument and others challenging it.
In this evening conversation, Mr. Ponnuru and EPPC's Eric Cohen considered the politics of life in America and the ethical questions that animate it. Audio of this event is available by clicking the link at the bottom.


Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor at National Review. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. In addition to writing for National Review, he has published articles in numerous newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsday, and the New York Post. He has also written for First Things, Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Reason, and other publications, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs.

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen is director of the Bioethics and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is also the editor of The New Atlantis, EPPC's quarterly journal about the ethical, political, and social implications of technological advancement. His essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard, First Things, Commentary, and elsewhere. He was previously a fellow at the New America Foundation and managing editor of The Public Interest. He also serves as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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