On bioethical issues, Church stands with the vulnerable: Pope Francis [CWN]


The Catholic Church does not claim “any privileged voice” in the discussion of medical ethics, but supports "the search for truth and goodness on complex human and ethical …



Pope Francis calls for the respect for human dignity from conception to natural death. He spoke with members of the Italian Committee for Bioethics.
news.va/en/news/pope-francis-human-dignity-from-conception-to-natu .

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has a webpage for their Department of Bioethics.
bioethics.nih.gov/home/index.shtml .

However, NIH also has a webpage for their Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
stemcells.nih.gov/Pages/Default.aspx .

Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, has promoted human embryonic research.
nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/biographical-sketch-francis-s-collins-md-phd .

Dr. Collins has made presentations to members of congress urging support for this research:
gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-111shrg58419/pdf/CHRG-111shrg58419.pdf .
(The Promise of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.)

Previous protections for human embryos were reversed by Pres. Barack Obama in 2009, allowing for this NIH research.
whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/removing-barriers-responsible-scientific-research-involving-human-stem-cells .


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