FRENCH BISHOPS: HUMAN EMBRYO, "VERY FEW DIFFERENCES" BETWEEN HIM AND US

"I am only a human embryo. Who cares about the fact that laws are passed to decide about my destiny during the summer break? Many people stressed the need to make up for the delay and not to hinder scientific research! I am only a human embryo! I should not spoil your summer". In a statement published at http://www.eglise.catholique.fr, Mgr. Bernard Podvin, spokesman for the bishops of France, reports what an embryo would say, following the final approval by the National Assembly of the law that – with little restrictions – leaves the door open for research on human embryos and embryonic stem cells. Up to now the embryo has been "relatively protected", but now "there is this authorisation coming into force…". And all this without "the States General of bioethics? What will be my destiny? I am only a human embryo – the statement goes on to say -. What is my place in a Promethean perspective about progress and therapies? What is my place in people’s consciences? Am I only a mass of cells?". Hence the prelate cited Medicine Nobel Prize winner Yamanaka who one day, observing an embryo, said with excitement: "Very few differences exist between him and my daughters!…". "This Nobel Prize winner did not sit with folded arms in the face of human suffering. Instead he refused to dispose of me in that way. He became the father of pluripotent stem cells. It is true – the statement ends – I very much look like his daughters!".

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