Friday, July 29, 2005

Pennslyvania bishops issue stem cell statement

The bishops note that we are reminded in the 'Vatican Instruction on Respect for Human
Life' that 'no objective, even though noble in itself, such as a foreseeable advantage to
science, to other human beings, or to society, can in any way justify experimentation on living
human embryos or fetuses, whether viable or not, either inside or outside the mother's body.'

Dr. Robert J. O'Hara, Jr., executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, said,
'At a time when public policy makers are considering spending taxpayer money to finance
various bio-medical research initiatives, it is appropriate to consider the moral impact of such