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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The NCBC Supports the Rights of Embryos as Human Beings Not to be Treated as Property
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:25:00 PM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


The NCBC Supports the Rights of Embryos as Human Beings
Not to be Treated as Property



December 30, 2016


The NCBC is a signatory to an amicus (friend of the court) brief filed by the Thomas More Society concerning a case before the Los Angeles Superior Court (Loeb v. Vergara). The case, involving the mother of the embryos and her ex-fiancé, seeks to resolve the custody of the couple's frozen embryos, engendered through in vitro fertilization. The brief cites the irrefutable scientific proof that human life begins at fertilization and argues that frozen human embryos are not mere chattel, i.e., items of "property" but are rather complete and integral human beings fully deserving of commensurate dignity and respect. The NCBC takes no position on which of the parents’ wishes are to be respected, but on the reality that no offspring, regardless of the stage of development, is to be treated as property, and that any decision concerning these embryos needs to be based on the best interest of these tiny human beings unable to speak for themselves. 

To read the brief in full and see the NCBC's contribution on page 13, click HERE