Fate of Frozen Embryos Worrying Swiss Bishops

Swiss bishops are asking their federal government to account for the use and fate of frozen embryos.

The bioethics commission of the Swiss episcopal conference reported gaps and omissions in the official statistics since 2001, and called on the federal office to provide the information lacking from 2001 to 2005.

In a letter sent on Dec. 29 to Adelheid Burgi-Schmelz, director of the Federal Office of Statistics, Dr. Urs Kayser reported that there are “particularly grave” flaws in the census of these embryos conceived in vitro.”

“Transparency is lacking in the use of surplus embryos,” stated Kayser in the letter, pointing out that this is against Swiss law.

The commission wants to know where the 100 embryos came from which were used for stem cell research. To date, these embryos do not appear in the country’s statistics.

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