National Institutes of Health Plans to Lift Ban on Funding Human-Animal Chimeras

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comment on their plan to lift the ban on injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos for the purpose of growing organs for transplant into humans.  The ban has been in place for years due to ethical concerns with using human embryonic stem cells, the procuring of which requires the destruction of human embryos.  The resulting human-animal “chimeras” created through the process pose additional ethical concerns because they blur the line between species.

The Missouri Catholic Conference is calling upon its network members to let their voice on this issue be heard.  You can send a pre-prepared message to the NIH expressing your opposition to lifting the moratorium on this practice by clicking here.