Speaking Thursday at the Vatican to a group of victims of Huntington’s Disease, as well as to their families and medical researchers, Pope Francis said that there is no aim—even if it is the seeking of a cure for a horrible disease—that can justify the destruction of a human embryo.
At the end of his speech, the pope addressed himself to the geneticists and scientists in the audience, who are pursuing treatment and cures for Huntingdon’s Disease.
“I encourage you to always pursue it with means that do not contribute to fueling that ‘throw-away culture’ that at times infiltrates even the world of scientific research,” said the pope.
“Some branches of research, in fact, utilize human embryos, inevitably causing their destruction,” he said. “But we know that no ends, even noble in themselves, such as a predicted utility for science, for other human beings or for society, can justify the destruction of human embryos.”
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