Teachings on Stem Cell Research & Bioethics
The Catholic Church's teaching on bio/medical ethics originates in the Christian teaching of the inherent dignity of the human person. Current advances in science and technology offer new hope for the eradication or alleviation of symptoms of many serious diseases. While encouraging authentic research in these areas, the Catholic Church is also careful to offer criterion for moral judgment in scientific research and technology, particularly in the area of the beginning of human life.
Links & Resources
Donum Vitae: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 1987 document Donum vitae, "Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation," replies to bioethical questions of the day.
Begotten not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology: By National Catholic Bioethics Executive Director, John Haas, PhD, STL.
Center for Bioethics and Culture: The CBC is composed of doctors, nurses, ethicists, clergy, educators, and other professionals coming together to educate and equip the public on bioethical issues of the 21st Century---a century already christened "the Biotech Century."
Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics: To advance the development of medical treatments and therapies that do not require the destruction of human life, the Coalition emphasizes the difference between cures achieved through licit adult stem cell research vs. illicit embryonic stem cell research.
National Catholic Bioethics Center: The premier U.S. bioethics center offering great resources to explore Catholic teaching regarding any bioethical question. NCBC also publishes a monthly newsletter.
Pontifical Academy for Life Document: Statement on the So-Called "Morning After Pill"
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment: Human cloning is a form of asexual reproduction. It is done by taking genetic material from a person's body or somatic cell, injecting it into an egg whose nucleus has been removed or inactivated, and then stimulating the egg to begin embryonic development. Genetically the cloned embryo is virtually identical to the person whose cell was used. Some would use cloning to produce infants as copies of living or deceased people (reproductive cloning), while others would use cloning to mass-produce human embryos to be destroyed as raw material for experimentation (therapeutic of experimental cloning).
Observations on the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights
Enduring Questions about State's Stem Cell Institute by Vicki Evans
"Shortly before the 2004 general election, I appeared on Jim Lehrer’s PBS NewsHour to speak out against Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, that would be on the California ballot.
Catholic San Francisco, February 2011