Fact: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you were born I consecrated you (Jer 1:5).
Fact: 61% of all Catholics think stem cell research on embryos left over from in vitro fertilization, which are not used and are normally destroyed, should be permitted (CNN/USA Today/Gallup).
Fact: Only 24% of Catholics and 21% of the general population opposed embryonic stem cell research (Harris Interactive).
The Church teaches that human life from the moment of conception must be protected. Therefore, stem cell research that involves the destruction of human embryos is forbidden. To help educate Catholics on the complicated subject of stem cell research, what is permitted and what is immoral, Our Sunday Visitor has gathered information from the Holy Father, the U.S. Bishops, noted moral theologians, and OSV staff.
Church sees uphill battle over stem-cell research
Several Church-approved methods that respect human life are already showing success in treating disease
Reaping good results from umbilical, adult cell harvest
Adult cell research continues to grow up
New Stem Cell Research Effects Cloning Debate
Excerpt from Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life by William E. May
What the Church Teaches: Stem Cell, Revised (pamphlet)
Pontifical Academy for Life (Vatican)
From OSV Newspaper
Bioethics -- Church sees uphill battle over stem-cell research – “Some states consider funding ‘clone-and-kill’ procedures despite objections and alternatives” by Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz. Click here to read
Stem Cells Revealed – “Several Church-approved methods that respect human life are already showing success in treating disease” by Ann Cary. Click here to read
Reaping Good Results from umbilical, adult cell harvest -- “Former patients are living proof that something as simple and harmless as donating a newborn’s cord blood could help treat many diseases” by Lori Hadacek Chaplin. Click here to read
Adult cell research continues to grow up -- “Doctor shares advances, advantages in working with this moral alternative that has been used to treat many diseases” by Donna Cooper O’Boyle. Click here to read
Excerpt from Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life by William E. May, copyright © 2000 by Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.
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