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.
The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has a webpage for their Department of Bioethics.
However, NIH also has a webpage for their Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, has promoted human embryonic research.
Dr. Collins has made presentations to members of congress urging support for this research:
(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.