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Cardinal Rigali Criticizes Draft NIH Guidelines for Destructive Stem Cell Research
Date:4/21/2009

g the embryos to live. For the first time, federal tax dollars will be used to encourage destruction of living embryonic human beings for stem cell research -- including human beings who otherwise would have survived and been born.

It is noteworthy that, despite calls for an even broader policy by some in Congress and the research community, the draft guidelines do not allow federally funded stem cell research using embryos specially created for research purposes by in vitro fertilization or cloning. We can hope that the NIH and Congress will continue to respect this ethical norm, and will realize that the alleged "need" for violating it is more implausible than ever due to advances in reprogramming adult cells to act like embryonic stem cells. However, congressional supporters of destructive human embryo research have already said they will pursue a more extreme policy. The Catholic bishops of the United States will be writing to Congress and the Administration about the need to restore and maintain barriers against the mistreatment of human life in the name of science, and we urge other concerned citizens to do the same.


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SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
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