Cardinal Rigali urges opposition to new liberalized embryo-research guidelines
July 08, 2009
Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, the chairman of the US bishops' pro-life committee, has denounced the new guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research released by the National Institutes for Health, noting that the new guidelines go even beyond the broad scope of earlier suggestions. "The comments of tens of thousands of Americans opposing the destruction of innocent human life for stem cell research were simply ignored in this process," the cardinal observed. He noted that the debate now shifts to Congress, where some liberal lawmakers have already suggested further encouragement for embryo research, arguing that the new policy "does not go far enough in treating some human beings as objects to be created, manipulated and destroyed for others' use." Cardinal Rigali urged American citizens to weigh in with their own Congressional representatives, asking them to oppose the policy.
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