Friday, December 12, 2008

Vatican denounces embryo research

The new bioethics instruction was approved by Pope Benedict XVI

BBC News
Page last updated at 13:39 GMT, Friday, 12 December 2008

The Vatican has updated its opposition to embryonic stem-cell research, in-vitro fertilisation and human cloning in a sweeping new document.

The Catholic Church also said the morning-after pill and drugs preventing the implantation of the embryo during pregnancy were "gravely immoral".

The rulings came in a Vatican document released to respond to scientific advances made in the past two decades.

Catholic doctrine says life begins at conception and must be respected.

Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person), an Instruction of Certain Bioethical Questions, was issued by the Vatican's doctrinal body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and approved by Pope Benedict XVI.


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