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Taking into account recent developments in biomedical technology over the last 20 years or so, a new document backed by Pope Benedict XVI called "Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person), an Instruction of Certain Bioethical Questions," reasserts the Vatican's opposition to embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, and human cloning. The morning after pill and other similar drugs were called "gravely immoral," says a BBC story.

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