VATICAN CITY (Reuter) - The Vatican newspaper Monday criticized the decision of a 52-year-old British woman to carry her daughter's baby as an affront to human dignity.
The Vatican is opposed to any form of artificial fertilisation and surrogate motherhood.
The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial that the British case went against ``the law of creation as established by God.''
The British woman, Edith Jones, gave birth to a baby girl Thursday evening in Darlington, northeast England. She had been implanted with two embryos grown from eggs from her daughter Suzanne which were fertilized by sperm from Suzanne's husband.
Jones, who has two other children apart from Suzanne and a two-year-old grandchild, stepped in after doctors discovered that her 22-year-old daughter had been born without a womb.
``Above all else, it is human dignity which is injured,'' the newspaper said.
The editorial said that the baby's parents had donated the egg and sperm for her conception.
``But in ethical terms, the technology used and the separation between the genetic mother and the biological mother remain reprehensible,'' the newspaper said.
Article from Mercury Online service, 11:27 AM ET 12/09/96
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