Why can’t embryos be killed to get their stem cells?
Unborn children are human beings. This is not a matter of religion. It is a fact that science is capable of demonstrating. Scientifically speaking, a human being is a living human organism.
The unborn are living because they are made of living cells that are dividing and multiplying as the child’s body develops.
The unborn are human because they have a complete human genetic code, not that of some other creature.
The unborn are organisms because they are organic wholes that grow and develop. This is why they are different from a random group of cells. A few skin cells taken from your body will never be anything other than skin cells. But an unborn child, from conception onward, begins growing and developing toward his adult form.
Because the unborn are living human organisms, they are human beings and must be treated as such.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (2270)