The Holy See firmly supports a
world-wide and comprehensive ban on human cloning, no matter what techniques are
used and what aims are pursued. Its position is based on (1) biological analysis
of the cloning process and (2) anthropological, social, ethical and legal
reflection on the negative implications that human cloning has on the life, the
dignity, and the rights of the human being.
Based on the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo and on
the fundamental moral and civil rule that it is illicit to kill an innocent even
to bring about a good for society, the Holy See regards the conceptual
distinction between "reproductive" and "therapeutic" (or "experimental") human
cloning as devoid of any ethical and legal ground.