.- Speaking on behalf of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Father Juan Martinez Camino, secretary general of the body, said proposed reforms of the countryâs laws on assisted reproduction would permit the conception of âmedicinal babiesâ and consequently the death of many human embryos. Speaking on Spanish TV, Father Martinez said the creation of health embryos to be used for the purposes of curing illnesses is the equivalent of âeugenics.â
âIf I am producing eight embryos to cure a sick siblingâ¦and I chose from them the ones that are healthy and are compatible, and I let one of them develop in a test tube and the rest I throw in the trash can, that is called eugenics,â he warned.
Father Martinez added that, âTrying to cure a sibling at the cost of five of his brothers or sisters who have had their right to life taken away is very grave for the future of humanity.â
He recalled that all embryos have a completely new genetic code, âand if you donât throw it away in the trash, it develops and is a human being.â
âWhat is it? A dog, a mineral or a group of genes? It is a human body distinct from father and mother, and it has the right to life, and I can not sacrifice it for anything, even to save the world,â he added.