Assisted human reproduction. Dr. Renzo Pegoraro President of the Fondazione Lanza Padua-Italy. European overview. Principles of the new Italian law (19/02/04).
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Dr. Renzo Pegoraro
President of the Fondazione Lanza
- New rules by the Ministry of Health about guidelines on procedures and definition of reproductive technologies (art. 7.1)
- The Regions’s Act for technical and organizative standards, caracteristics of professionals, criteria for authorization of the public and private structures
- it is possible to revoke the consent before the fertilization (art. 6.3), but it is possible the PGD by request (art. 14.5): probably they will be frozen (as art. 14.3);
- no selection of embryos (art. 13.3) but embryos diagnosis (PGD) is possible (art. 14.5).
Donum vitae (1987):
2,5 “…Church remains opposed from the moral point of view to homologous ‘in vitro’ fertilization. Such fertilization is in itself illicit and in opposition to the dignity of procreation and of the conjugal union, even when everything is done to avoid the death of the human embryo…”.
“…Certainly, homologous IVF and ET fertilization is not marked by all that ethical negativity found in extral-conjugal procreation…”.
1. PND ‘in se’:
There is a correlation with pregnancy…
It is necessary: an interdisciplinary (pre and post-) genetic
counselling for the couple!
2. PND and abortion:
Donum vitae (1987):
1,2 “…For prenatal diagnosis makes it possible to know the condition of the embryo and of the foetus when still in the mother’s womb. It permits, or makes it possible to anticipate earlier and more effectively, certain therapeutic, medical or surgical procedures. Such diagnosis is permissible, with the consent of the parents after they have been adequately informed, if the methods employed safeguard life and integrity of the embryo and the mother…”
“…medical, juridical an ethical aspects of this
method (the preimplantation dignosis) are
controversial, Church can not express a final opinion
Churchs should devote to transfer that “human life
is a value which should be accepted and
safeguarded. Life is a gift of God for each believer”.