Moscow patriarchate criticizes Nobel Prize award for in-vitro pioneer
October 06, 2010
A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has condemned the decision to award the Nobel Prize for Medicine to Robert Edwards, a pioneer in developing in-vitro fertilization.
“An embryo is a future human being and not just an accumulation of cells or a part of a mother's body,” said Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, spokesman for the Moscow patriarchate. “Theoretically, the child can have two fathers, a biological one and the one who raised him, and two mothers, a biological one and the one who bore him during the pregnancy.”
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