Holy See urges comprehensive ban on cloning
Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, reiterated the Vatican's position in New York on Monday when he addressed the UN's Ad Hoc Committee On An International Convention Against The Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings.
He said that the Vatican "supports and urges a world-wide comprehensive ban on human embryonic cloning for both reproductive and scientific purposes."
"Based on the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo and on the fundamental moral and civil rule," he argued, "it is illicit to kill an innocent even to bring about a good for society."
Martino asserted that the distinction between 'reproductive' and so-called 'therapeutic' (or 'experimental') cloning remains unacceptable. He said the distinction "masks the reality of the creation of a human being for the purpose of destroying him or her to produce embryonic stem cell lines or to conduct other experimentation".
On the other hand, he asserted, "the Holy See supports research on stem cells of post-natal origin since this approach ... is a sound, promising and ethical way to achieve tissue transplantation and cell therapy that could benefit humanity."
United NationsAd Hoc Committee On An International Convention Against The Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings
Independent Catholic News
26 Sep 2002