Vatican     POPE SAYS SCIENCE MUST NOT SACRIFICE DIGNITY OF UNBORN
Condemning techniques of artificial reproduction which involve the elimination of the human foetus, Pope John Paul II has told scientists meeting in Rome that the foetus has 'full human dignity, a dignity which the unborn child possesses from the moment of conception.'
   He was receiving participants of the 16th International Congress, organised by the Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics of La Sapienza at the University of Rome, on Monday.
   The dignity of the unborn is a fundamental Christian moral value, which the Church has had to proclaim more forcefully, in the face of 'undermined or distorted' views on the meaning of the humanity of the embryo, and the promulgation of 'laws which introduce scientifically unfounded qualitative stages in the development of conceived life.'
   He said that techniques of artificial procreation, which are 'apparently at the service of life, actually open the door to new attacks on life.'
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4/4/00

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