Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pope: Embryo is sacred before implantation

February 28, 2006


— Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that embryos developed for in vitro fertilization deserve the same right to life as fetuses, children and adults - and that that right extends to embryos even before they are transferred into a woman's womb.

The Vatican has long held that human life begins at conception, but Benedict's comments were significant because he specified that even an embryo in its earliest stages - when it is just a few cells - is just as much a human life as an older being.

The pope made the comments during an audience with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who opened a Vatican-sponsored conference Monday on the ethics surrounding the handling of embryos before they are implanted during in vitro procedures.

The Vatican opposes in vitro procedures because embryos created in a laboratory are often discarded, whereas others are frozen and still others are created solely for experimentation or to create stem cells.


Ragingbear 12 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, we need them to grow up into fine healthy boys...

Then it's the priest turn to make thier lives hell.

Linda Endicott 12 years, 4 months ago

Does this include the ones that are frozen for future use?

Linda Endicott 12 years, 4 months ago

Or is that just the eggs? Damn my memory...

Ragingbear 12 years, 4 months ago

The concept of "not wasting lives" that many claim is that every egg is technically a fetus. If that is the case, then it actually means that there is a miscarriage every 28 days in their lives, from around age twelve to menopause. Since they did nothing to stop it, and some are even grateful that it happens, then they are just as guilty as actually having an abortion or something.

Just crud to make ya think.

badger 12 years, 4 months ago


Yeah, cause an unused fertilized embryo, that should be stored indefinitely, even after the parents have already successfully implanted one embryo and the child has been born. I'm sure that twenty years later, that embryo is totally viable and still capable of being carried to term and delivered as a healthy baby.

You know, at some point fertility clinics need to dispose of embryos that haven't been used and won't be used. The cost of storage is ridiculously high, especially with the fact that as each year passes, the likelihood that a healthy baby could be born from that embryo diminishes.

Linda Endicott 12 years, 4 months ago

And there's no guarantee that implanting an embryo will result in a live birth, either. It doesn't work every time.

badger 12 years, 4 months ago

I do have a friend for whom this is a big deal. If an embryo isn't a life until it implants, then it's not a sin for Catholics to use the form of birth control pills that prevents implantation. However, because it is (according to the Pope) a life before it implants, they must use a form of birth control that prevents ovulation, which has more side effects for women.

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