The Pontifical Academy for Life will host a no-holds-barred discussion of the ethics surrounding embryonic life next week. Three-hundred-fifty specialists will meet for two days next week in the international congress on the human embryo.
The Vatican has organized the conference to encourage discussion of questions that are increasingly important not only for scientific researchers, but also for the lawmakers who are being asked to set government policy regarding research on human embryos. Bishop Sgreccia noted that the Catholic Church has taken a clear stand on the issue of embryo research. … That stand is now under attack, the Italian bishop noted, with advocates of embryonic research and of the “morning-after” pill advancing the argument that human life does not begin until the fetus is implanted in the uterus.