I read a recent news article with the headline “Foes of stem cell research now face tough battle” by Kevin Freking, Associated Press Writer – Sun Nov 23, 12:05 pm ET
In the article, Dr. Chi Dang, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is quoted as saying, “The question is: Is it ethically more acceptable to destroy these embryos by pouring acid on them, or do you deploy these clusters of cells to create new cell lines that could benefit us in the future?”
From a Catholic perspective, what should we be doing in response to the thousands of babies created in petri dishes who are sitting on ice in fertility clinics all over the world? Since fertilization already occurred and life is “on hold” in a suspended state, what is the Church’s response to the situation?
The thought of killing these tiniest lives by pouring acid on them just makes me feel sick. So what morally, ethically correct alternatives exist?