NSW by Archbishop Peter JensenNews Weekly
Anglican Bishops support stem cell research ... but not at the cost of human life
, March 23, 2002
The Most Reverend Dr Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, is joined by other Anglican Bishops of NSW in supporting stem cell research which does not destroy human embryos.
The Bishops of Bathurst, Grafton, Armidale, Newcastle and also the five Sydney regional Bishops and the assistant Bishop of Newcastle have agreed to the issuing of this statement with Archbishop Jensen.
"The Bible gives us a mandate to act as caretakers of creation," Archbishop Jensen said.
"We should give every support and encouragement to medical research which seeks to find ways to reduce suffering in this world caused by the many debilitating illnesses in our society today."
However, the Archbishop says that in the case of embryonic stem cell research, the end does not justify the means.
"We are against the destruction of embryonic life in order to extract stem cells," Archbishop Jensen said.
"Particularly when there are perfectly ethical means of extracting the necessary cells from umbilical cord blood in newborns, and from the brain and bone marrow in adults.
"The cost of human life in embryonic stem cell research can never be justified. There is no certainty that the sacrifice of embryos will lead to the cures for which we long, of diseases that debilitate the lives of many people.
"Scientists, in promoting their research, must be careful not to give exaggerated grounds for hope to those who are suffering.
"The method we use to achieve results needs to be considered as well as the final results themselves."
- Archbishop Jensen is the Chairman of the Sydney Diocesan Social Issues Executive, which is currently conducting research into bioethical issues