The nation’s Catholic bishops followed through on their desire to put forward an initial statement opposing embryonic stem cell research. They voted almost unanimously — 191 to 1 — to approve the statement at their annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The seven-page policy statement from the Committee on Pro-Life Activities calls embryonic stem cell research “a gravely immoral act” that crosses a “fundamental moral line” by treating human beings as mere objects of research. Do you feel this is an accurate description of the research?
I’m not so sure that the statement put forward by the nation’s Catholic bishops presents an accurate description of embryonic stem cell research. Nonetheless, it seems to me that this type of research should be discontinued, especially if there are other sources for obtaining stem cells.
Stem cell research offers a great deal of hope for medical advancement because the cells in question are capable of becoming different kinds of cells or tissues in the human body.