Briefly noted

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have approved, by a vote of 191 to 1, a policy statement condemning embryonic stem cell research. Their seven-page statement calls such research “a gravely immoral act.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops took the vote June 13 at its semiannual meeting, held in Orlando, Florida. It was the conference’s first statement exclusively on the subject and approved by the full body of bishops. Medical researchers say such research could lead to treatments for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, but the Catholic bishops consider embryos innocent human persons who should not be destroyed in the research process.


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