NATIONAL PRO-LIFE RELIGIOUS COUNCIL DENOUNCES CREATION OF EMBRYOS FOR
Washington, DC, June 17--Leaders from Catholic and Protestant
religious groups today strongly denounced recent revelations by researchers at
Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in
Norfolk, VA, that created human embryos from donated eggs and sperm for the sole
purpose of harvesting their stem cells and the Advanced Cell Technology company
in Worcester, MA, for starting a series of experiments aimed at creating cloned
human embryos from which their stem cells will be derived.
"After studying the facts in this matter, we are united in denouncing the
practice of creating and manipulating human embryos, in the strongest possible
terms," said the Reverend Rob Schenck, president of the National Pro-life
Religious Council (NPRC). "This practice is absolutely Hitleresque."
"Destroying human beings to help humanity is self-contradictory," said Fr. Frank
Pavone, one of America's best known pro-life advocates and director of the
40,000 member Priests for Life. Fr. Pavone is a member of the NPRC board of
directors. The NPRC board of directors includes representatives from
organizations that are Baptist, Catholic, Conservative Christian, Episcopal,
Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed, and United Church of
The NPRC is calling on its constituent groups to write their representatives and
senators urging immediate legislation to stop human embryo creation for
experimentation and human embryo cloning.
Spokespersons from the NPRC are available for further comment.