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UK    CHURCH REACTS TO CALL FOR SCIENTIFIC USE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS
The Catholic Church in Britain rejected yesterday's recommendation of the British Government's Chief Medical Officer that human embryos should be used in medical research.
    The technique is called Human Stem Cell Research, The recommendation favours the use of human embryos, rather than adult cells.
    Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow and Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of the Catholic Bishops of Great Britain and Ireland, said: "Human stem cell research is a scientific field that may offer promising new developments in health care. But science cannot operate in a moral vacuum. Obtaining stem cells from a human embryo is morally wrong, because it involves the destruction of a human life. Human life is inviolably sacred, both before and after any arbitrary 14-day deadline.
    Cardinal Winning said that the alternative, using adult stem cells, does not give rise to the same ethical problems. He regretted that this technique is being "dismissed too quickly, in favour of a process which very many people - not just Catholics - would find morally repugnant".
   
Cath Media Office London
   
17 Aug 00



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