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"Modern medicine has brought us face-to face with the continuum of human life from conception onwards, and the inescapable reality of human life in the womb. Yet our legal system, and thus our national culture, is being pressed to declare that human life has no inherent worth, that the value of human life can be assigned by the powerful and that the protection of the vulnerable is subject to the arbitrary choice of others. The lives of all who are marginalized by our society are endangered by such a trend."



National Conference of  Catholic Bishops

November 15, 2000






Abortion is the intentional destruction of human life in utero.

Approximately 100 abortions occur each week in the 12 counties of the

Diocese of Rochester (NYS Department of Health 1999 Statistics).  1.2 million abortions occur annually in the United States.  In the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Sternberg v. Carhart, a majority of five justices ruled that even the killing of a child mostly born alive is protected by what the Court called "the woman's right to choose."  Abortion is essentially legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy.  Women are at highest risk for abortion from age 17 to age 25. An unknown but significant percentage of women who abort, experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome throughout life. Many seek assistance through post abortion program such as the project Rachel ministries.



Stem Cell Research

Stem cells are human cells found in the body from conception though natural death. These cells are capable of differentiating into different tissues and show promise for disease treatment. Adult stem cells are those cells found in umbilical cord blood, placental tissue and in the blood, bone marrow and some neurological tissue of the already born. Adult stem cells have been successful used to treat diabetes and vision impairment A controversy exists because some researchers prefer to work with the stem cells found in embryos. These stem cells are most able to indefinitely differentiate. A human embryo is destroyed when stem cells are extracted.




Human cloning is the effort to create humans as copies of other humans. Genetic materials are taken from a person’s body and injected into a human egg, which is then stimulated to begin human growth and development. Cloning treats human beings as products, as either useful as their end product (a cloned baby) or as mere carriers of traits that others find useful (stem cells). The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 (S. 790) is currently being considered in the US Congress. Its passage into law would ban all human cloning in this country.



Conception to Birth Resources




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ABC (Abortion/Breast Cancer) (877) 803-0102


Feminists for Non-Violent Choices


Suzanne Stack  (585) 328-3210 x1304

Life Issues Coordinator, Diocese of Rochester


U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


Stem Cell Research