Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Absurd Fate of Frozen Embryos

Interview With Law Professor Brian Scarnecchia

By Andrea Kirk Assaf

ROME, Feb. 25, 2010 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II pleaded with fertility technicians to stop creating them. "Donum Vitae," issued in 1987 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke of the "absurd fate" they were condemned to. The Snowflake Baby Program, launched in 1997, facilitated their adoption or "rescue."

Over 400,000 tiny human embryos created through in vitro fertilization exist today, their lives suspended in containers of liquid nitrogen, dubbed "concentration cans" by the late president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Dr. Jerome Lejeune.

Because the Catholic Church's plea to not create this bioethical dilemma went unheeded by many biopharmaceutical companies, the Vatican is now forced to make a moral judgment on the fate of hundreds of thousands of frozen lives.

Brian Scarnecchia, president of the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute and professor of law at Ave Maria Law School, recently delivered a lecture on this developing issue at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

In this interview with ZENIT, the professor articulated the complex moral questions involved in the debate concerning the fate of frozen embryos...
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