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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Beginning of Human Life Question Threatens Malta Presidency
"A disagreement between President Edward Fenech Adami and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs Tonio Borg on when human life begins could result in an institutional crisis with the President threatening to resign if a law violating his moral principles is passed." So begins a news report about what might be a political impasse in this Mediterranean island nation. The President insists that human life should be protected "from the very moment that the sperm penetrates the egg," while Borg, believes human life starts "some hours later after fertilisation is completed by the fusion of the two nuclei."
At stake is the legality of in vitro fertilization (IVF), which, if the President refuses to sign a pending bill, would no longer be an option for infertile couples seeking to have children. This should put to rest any doubt whatsoever that the question of when human life begins is of more moment now than it has ever been. When a question threatens a government's stability, it's probably fair to consider it a major issue.
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