Nobel Prizes

Vatican Opposes Medicine Laureate

The Vatican has criticized the choice to award the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday to Robert Edwards, the father of invitro-fertilization, or the test tube baby.

The Roman Catholic Church is opposed to invitro fertilization and similar methods, because they can result in human embryos being destroyed.

Reuters reports that one of the Vatican's top officials said that the award was "completely misplaced."

"Without Edwards there would be no market for human eggs; without Edwards there would not be freezers full of embryos waiting to be transferred to a uterus, or, more likely, used for research or left to die, abandoned and forgotten by all," said Ignazio Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, in what the Vatican described as personal statement.