UNITED STATES, Aug 29 ( – Last week, in response to the release of the National Institutes of Health’s final guidelines for stem cell research, American Life League president, Judie Brown, said that “it is no coincidence that so-called bioethicists like George Annas have laid the groundwork for medical professionals to advise parents about ‘disposition’ of ‘stored’ embryos not needed for in vitro fertilization.”

Mr. Annas has said that “human embryos are not waste products, and if we really mean to respect the human embryo because of what it represents, we must at least ensure that the people who created it for purposes of procreation decide its fate together at a time when the decision is likely to matter.” Ms. Brown responds that “The human embryo is a person at fertilization. This person is not “representing” anything but IS who she is, period! Thus her parents have already procreated her and are already her parents. The problem is that there are too many among us who choose to promote false science for the purpose of dehumanizing certain people for utilitarian purposes.”

Meanwhile, Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, has condemned as “illegal”, as well as “immoral”, the final guidelines for human embryo research released last week by America’s National Institutes of Health.

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