A Vatican document on bioethics maintains bans on harming embryos and on conception outside of marital intercourse, but remains open to some controversial research, including at least one technique for producing embryonic stem cells.
Dignitas Personae, "The Dignity of a Person," was issued today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Benedict XVI. It updates the last major instruction on bioethics from 1987.
"The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle expresses a great 'yes' to human life and must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research," the document reads...
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