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article imageVatican Reaffirms Conservative Bioethics Stance

By Jason Li     Dec 12, 2008 in Science
In the most authoritative document yet regarding stem cell research and contraception, the Vatican has reiterated its opposition towards controversial procedures in the industry.
Written as a moral compass for Roman Catholics, the 32-page "Dignitas Personae," or "The Dignity of the Person", has Pope Benedict XVI's endorsement.
The document indicates no new direction in the Church's opposing stand on controversial bioethics issues - embryonic stem cell research, contraception and cloning.
On the premises that life begins at the embryo and all life is sacred, the document argues that it is morally sinful to utilize morning-after pills and embryo freezing (for scientific research) because they amount to abortion.
The last time such a strong statement was issued was 21 years ago. Vatican doctrinal vanguard - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - prepared the document.
President-elect Barack Obama has said that he will allow government funding towards embryonic stem cell research - something his predecessor George Bush banned.
The Vatican stated that it had no objection toward non-embryonic stem cell research.
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