Thursday, March 12, 2009

Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions

From the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

A follow-up to 1987’s Donum Vitae (Respect for Human Life), Dignitas Personae provides further clarification and education on human life issues in light of the progress of new biomedical technologies. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addresses new questions that have risen from these technologies and focuses, in particular, on the field of embryonic and stem cell research.
Table of Contents:
Part One
Anthropological, Theological, and Ethical Aspects of Human Life and Procreation
Part Two
New Problems Concerning Procreation
Techniques for assisting fertility
In vitro fertilization and the deliberate destruction of embryos
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Freezing embryos
The freezing of oocytes
The reduction of embryos
Preimplantation diagnosis
New forms of interception and contragestation
Part Three
New Treatments Which Involve the Manipulation of the Embryo or the Human Genetic Patrimony
Gene therapy
Human cloning
The therapeutic use of stem cells
Attempts at hybridization
The use of human “biological material” of illicit origin

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