The National Pro-life
109 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rev. Rob Schenck
National Pro-life Religious Council Denounces Creation of
Embryos for Science
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 Christ.
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
Spokespersons from the NPRC are available for further comment.