December 17, 2012

The French bishops described as “shocking” the French Senate’s approval of a law permitting the use of human embryos for stem-cell research.

“The human embryo has the right to be protected,” and current French law urges “respect for the human person ‘from the beginning of its life,’” said Archbishop Pierre D’Ornellas of Rennes in a statement issued on behalf of the bishops’ conference.

“The Senate has challenged this respect.

This is shocking,” the archbishop said in the Dec. 6 statement.

D’Ornellas said the Senate decision to disregard the lives of the embryos, who are destroyed in the research, is even more shocking when one considers the general move in science toward using adult stem cells instead of those from embryos.