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Italians fail to overturn restrictive reproduction law

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1405

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Or is this interpretation turned over?

In this article about limitations to fertility treatments, Arne Sunde
was quoted as being suprised that The Vatican was intervening in Italian
Where human rights and the defense of the innocent is concerned, the
church has always spoken clearly. If we were to overturn the argument, it
would seem that many governments are intervening in the intimacies of
human relations, reproduction and the beginning new life in an
unprecedented way. Ethics and morals have been explored, studied and
explained by the Church throughout its history, in order to guide the
faithful through the many pitfalls of life.
Suddenly it seems that these new reproductive techniques, which are very
controversial and unnacceptable to many taxpayers, are taking the place
of, and overturning basic human rights.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 June 2005
Anne M Williams
GP Scotland
140 Thurston Rd G52 2AZ