The Church denounces practices that do not respect human embryos

Publié le : 6 June 2014

 On 28 May 2014, the European Commission decided not to follow up the European citizen initiative, ONE OF US, which seeks to protect human embryos from scientific research which would destroy them (Gènéthique press review on May 28th, 2014).

Further to this decision, COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) decided to respond in a press release given on 5 June: “COMECE regrets the European Community’s decision not to respond to the requests put forward in this initiative“. It also states that it is convinced of the fact that European Union financing of activities presupposing the destruction of human embryos “should not be accepted” and emphasises that “its conviction is based on ethical, legal, scientific and even economic arguments“. Lastly, it denounces the fact that “the Commission’s decision merely describes the current legal framework and does not advance new arguments to support it“. 

In Switzerland, the Conference of Swiss Bishops expressed their concerns in a press release about the possible authorisation of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for couples at risk of transmitting a serious disorder to their child (Gènéthique press review on June 2nd, 2014). It stated that “medicine and politics are not working towards progress” in cases where the ban on pre-implantation diagnostics is lifted. Because “society cannot improve when it authorises the selection of those it considers ‘good’ and eliminates others“.
As far back as September 2013, the bishops denounced ” ‘the risk of blunders’ with the flexibility of authorising pre-implantation diagnostics: The Bishops’ Conference Bioethical Commission believes that ‘the door is wide open to allow in an era of practising eugenists’ “. 

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