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Vatican's Bioethics Document

The Vatican issued its most authoritative document on bioethical issues in more than 20 years on Friday. The document took into account recent developments in biomedical technology and reinforcing the church’s opposition to in vitro fertilization, human cloning, genetic testing on embryos before implantation and embryonic stem cell research.

According to the New York Times article, the Vatican says these techniques violate the principles that every human life — even an embryo — is sacred, and that babies should be conceived only through intercourse by a married couple. The article then went on to say that the document has been under discussion for six years, it is a moral response to bioethical questions raised in the 21 years since the congregation last issued instructions.

The Yahoo New article says that the Vatican's overall position stems from its belief that human life begins at conception and must be given the consequent respect and dignity from that moment on. The Vatican also holds that human life should be created through intercourse between husband and wife, not in a petri dish.

Overall, both articles are very good. There is a lot of good reporting and they both used quotes very well to support the topic of what was in the document.