Problems faced with legislating for IVF technology in a Roman Catholic country.
Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy 2010 February; 13(1): 77-87
Malta traditionally enjoys a Roman Catholic Society, with the official religion of the country being cited in the second article of the constitution. Recently the government proposed to legislate to regulate human reproductive technology, in particular In Vitro Fertilization, which has been practiced for over two decades without controlling legislation. A Parliamentary Committee for social affairs was set up to study the situation inviting most stakeholders. The arguments gravitated mostly on issues of the status of the embryo and the media played a considerable role. At the end of the discussion the Archbishop made a statement which pointed out that IVF involves destruction of embryos and the process stopped. This article examines what caused the deterioration of the process and points favourably towards a way forward within the context of a Catholic Country.
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Embryos; Government; In Vitro Fertilization; Legislation; Religion; Stakeholders; Technology; Religious Ethics; Social Control of Science and Technology; Moral and Religious Aspects of Abortion; In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer; Stem Cell Research; Research on Elderly and Terminally Ill Persons;
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