Cardinal Rigali on NIH guidelines
Some in Congress and the Administration want an even broader policy. They want to obtain stem cells by destroying human embryos specially generated for research through in vitro fertilization (IVF) or cloning procedures – a “create to kill” policy.
Neither of these policies is ethical or promotes responsible science. They both violate the fundamental right to life.
Patients suffering from devastating illnesses deserve our compassion and our committed response – but not at the cost of innocent life. The Church supports ethical stem cell research and treatments that do no harm and respect the inherent dignity of persons – cutting-edge medical advances that are already benefiting patients with dozens of conditions in clinical trials.It is time to focus on cures and treatments we can all live with.