Reaffirms prohibition of embryonic stem cell research
Jan 13, 2009
In a long-awaited document, the Vatican has condemned advanced infertility treatments and contraception technologies and reaffirmed its strong prohibition of embryonic stem cell research.
The document was released December 12 by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
Church officials said the text was meant as an update to a 1987 statement under Pope John Paul II. While the two documents are complementary, the newer one covers 21st-century medical advances that were not on the horizon 20 years ago.
Like the 1987 document, the new 36-page statement condemns in-vitro fertilization and all other techniques that involve “replacement of the conjugal act by a technical procedure.”