Life in Christ
ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must
provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the
Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the
embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as
far as possible, like any other human being.
is morally licit, “if it respects the life and integri
ty of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safeguard
ing or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law
when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, de
pending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death
“One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human
embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not in
volve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing, the
improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival.”
“It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploi
tation as disposable biological material.”
“Certain attempts to
influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance
not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected accord
ing to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are con
trary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and
which are unique and unrepeatable.
Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve
special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to
lead lives as normal as possible.
Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia con
sists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying
persons. It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes
death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary
to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living
God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good
faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always
be forbidden and excluded.