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Vatican     PONTIFICAL COUNCIL RESPONDS TO FETAL REDUCTION TECHNIQUE
The Pontifical Council for the Family has asserted that the technique to reduce multiple embryos in a pregnancy is a form of procured abortion.
    The Council issued a statement last week in response to the case of an Italian woman expecting octuplets resulting from over-stimulation of the ovaries in assisted reproduction.
    Bioethicist Fr Gonzalo Miranda of the Bioethics Institute at Rome's Catholic University of the Sacred Heart said: "The document published by the Pontifical Council for the Family simply recalls and underlines some of the essential principles of Catholic doctrine. The 'wisemen of the day' come forward to tell us that it would be best to implement a 'fetal reduction'; in a word, to eliminate some embryos in order to save others."
    Zenit (available soon)
   
20 July 00



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