Italy: associations call to protect embryos

Publié le : 28 February 2014

 In Italy, ten years on from the introduction of law 40 relating to assisted procreation (2004), pro-life associations declare their satisfaction. They are launching an appeal to protect embryos and to put a stop to "Far West procreation". 

In a press release, Paola Ricco Sindoni, President of Science & Life, and Domenico Coviello, Deputy President, believe that the legislation covered in law 40 is continuing "to protect women and their children, preventing the commercialisation of the uterus, the vagueness surrounding heterologous fertilisation and the eugenics of embryo selection". They add that, "within the extremely fragile context of creating life, this law has succeeded in disciplining an unregulated world that displays no scruples when it comes to speculating on the suffering of childless couples". Whilst expressing their support for couples "who wish to confront a heavy burden", Paola Ricco Sindoni and Domenico Coviello point out that "the legitimate desire to have a child should not, under any circumstances whatsoever, be confused with designer medicine that places the fate of the weaker subject, the unborn child, in the hands of the stronger subject, the adult". 

On a wider note, they confirm that, whilst a debate on the future of law 40 and medically assisted procreation is essential, this "should not be reduced to a question of ideology or a contentious issue but should be geared towards the wellbeing of women and children". 

As far as Carlo Casini, President of the Movement for Life (MfL) is concerned, it should be remembered that the "cornerstone" is Article 1 of law 40 which seeks to "recognise the unborn child as a person whose dignity and rights are paramount in overcoming Far West procreation. The child is a person in exactly the same way as the mother and father". With this in mind, Carlo Casini is calling for "the legal and cultural debate surrounding law 40 not to overlook article 1 or at least not to avoid the fundamental question relating to the unborn child: a human being or an object? A person or an object? An end or a means?”  
Finally, he states that recognition of the unborn child as a person constitutes "an affirmation […] in accordance with the "One of Us" initiative, the success of which – two million signatures collected in 29 states of the European Community – bears evidence to the desire to build a new Europe".  

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