We should have expected this: the loons in the Vatican are decrying the Nobel Prize awarded to Robert Edwards for developing in vitro fertilization for humans. According to the BBC,
Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the award ignored the ethical questions raised by the fertility treatment.
He said IVF had led to the destruction of large numbers of human embryos.
Nearly four million babies have been born using IVF fertility treatment since 1978.
Mr Carrasco, the Vatican’s spokesman on bio-ethics, said in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) had been “a new and important chapter in the field of human reproduction”.
But he said the Nobel prize committee’s choice of Prof Edwards had been “completely out of order” as without his treatment, there would be no market for human eggs “and there would not be a large number of freezers filled with embryos in the world”, he told Italy’s Ansa news agency.
“In the best of cases they are transferred into a uterus but most probably they will end up abandoned or dead, which is a problem for which the new Nobel prize winner is responsible.”
IVF always requires a surplus of eggs, and frequently a surplus of fertilized ones. Absent religions like Catholicism, which insists on seeing a small ball of cells as an ensouled human, there would be no moral outcry over a procedure like this.
It’s ludicrous pronouncements like this, against a procedure that has helped so many people, that will spell the end of the Catholic church.