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Stop Stealthy Plan to Bring Embryo Freezing and Surrogacy to Malta!

Stop Stealthy Plan to Bring Embryo Freezing and Surrogacy to Malta!

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Recent reports, attributed to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, suggest that draft legislation could soon introduce embryo freezing into Malta, by an amendment of the Embryo Protection Act (2012).[1]

And, other reports, attributed to the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, have him quoted as saying: "If we say that there should be no discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation [presumably, coming from the Government's proposed Equality Act (2015)] [2], then we should offer this service [IVF, using embryo freezing] to lesbian couples as well"[3], suggesting that same-sex couples could be one of the main beneficiary of this new policy.

It would be naive to look at these issues in isolation. And, it would also be naive to believe that, if, and when, embryo freezing and IVF are offered to lesbians, these same procedures will somehow be withheld from homosexual men. In order to be consistent before the law, it seems unlikely that it could be otherwise?

It is obvious, therefore, that these suggestions are designed to soften the ground for the acceptance, not only of embryo freezing, but also of surrogacy - the combination of which are required to assist homosexual men in "reproduction".

Of course, any reasonable observer - especially those who, like the majority of Maltese people[4], understand that the sanctity of human life is inviolable, and that, as such, human life ought never be commoditised - should be alarmed by the prospect of any of these proposals and suggestions!

As an answer to these affronts to human decency, this petition does two things: 1) Reminds all Maltese MPs that embryo freezing and surrogacy are both against the values and morals which support the common good of Maltese society, and which they (the politicians) know to be good for the natural family and for children; and, 2) Asks Maltese people to tell their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about this potential breach of trust - especially the fact that the parties would be violating the mandate given to them in the last election.

Simply put: The Maltese people - whatever their party affiliation - did not vote for this![5]

And, this type of submissiveness towards the LGBT lobby, is an irrational attempt to curry favour with a loud, but miniscule constituency, whose sexually radical agenda is neither good for society or children...and, certainly not the human embryo!

This is ironic in the extreme, given the fact that the "best interest of the child" (as promoted in the Equality Act, 2015) is NEVER served by embryo freezing.

To that point, it is worth stating, here, that an average of 10% of human embryos are lost (i.e., killed) in the freeze-thaw process.[6]

As such, embryo freezing not only DELIBERATELY threatens the life of the human embryo and devalues the dignity of a unique human being, but also treats him/her as though he/she is a type of commodity - not a human being, with an inestimable value.

But, the fact that the proposed legislation will allow for the freezing of multiple embryos, begs the question: what will happen to the surplus frozen embryos?

We know from other jurisdictions, where these same procedures are allowed, that such embryos are routinely discarded. That is, excess embryos are routinely treated with disdain and disposed of, as if they were not the invaluable human persons which they are.[7]

Yet another reason to avoid these moral and ethical pitfalls altogether.

This is not a political issue, but a deeply-held human rights issue. And, Malta is a country which cares for the vulnerable. Malta is a country which cherishes Life.

Therefore, Malta should not go down this path. And, Malta's politicians must recognise that there are limits to their electoral mandate.

Embryo freezing and surrogacy are two non-negotiables: playing God with human life is not an option.

Thank you for signing this important petition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

[1] http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20151022/editorial/Broad-debate-on-embryo-freezing.589135

[2] http://socialdialogue.gov.mt/en/Public_Consultations/MSDC/Documents/2015%20HREC%20Final/Bill%20-%20Equality%20Act.pdf

[3] http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-04-03/local-news/Pilot-project-for-delivering-medicines-at-home-to-start-later-this-month-6736155758

[4] http://archive.lifenews.com/int1009.html

[5] The below are extracts from each party's election manifesto. The important point, here, is that both of these statements were offered to the public, in the context of the protections given to the human embryo under the Embryo Protection Act (2012).

Partit Laburista (n. 43): "IVF: Naccertaw li jinghataw ir-rizorsi kollha necessarji lill-awtorita' kompetenti sabiex l-IVF, li bhala ligi dwar kif ghandha tkun regolata ghadha kif iddahhlet ricentament, tithaddem bla xkiel u tinghata b'xejn lill-koppji kollha li jkollhom bzonn dan il-process.”
 
Labour party:(n43): IVF: We will ensure that the competent authority regulating IVF receives all the necessary resources so that the recently passed law can be applied fully and be available free of charge to all couples who need this treatment.

Partit Nazzjonalista (n. 35): "Min ma jistax ikollu tfal: Wara li ghaddejna l-ligi li tirregola l-fertilizzazzjoni assistita (IVF) (IVF) se nitroducu din il-procedura bhala parti mis-servizz tas-sahha pubblika biex inti tkun tista' taghmel din il-procedura b'xejn u minghajr ma jkollok ghalfejn tmur barra minn Malta.”

Nationalist Party (N35) Infertile couples: Now that the law regulating assisted reproduction (IVF) has passed, we will introduce this service on the national health service .This service will be free and available locally such that no one will need to go abroad for this treatment.

[6] http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-01-17/newspaper-letters/Embryo-freezing-a-new-form-of-inequality-6736151810

[7] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/9772233/1.7-million-human-embryos-created-for-IVF-thrown-away.html

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Maltese MPs: Protect what you believe in! Protect Life! Do Not Proceed with Embryo Freezing!

For the Kind Attention Of:

  •  All Maltese MPs
  • Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
  • Dr Chris Fearne, Parliamentary Secretary for Health,
  • Dr Simon Busutill, Leader of the Opposition

Recent reports, attributed to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, suggest that draft legislation could soon introduce embryo freezing into Malta, by an amendment of the Embryo Protection Act (2012).

And, other reports, attributed to Secretary for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, have him quoted as saying: "If we say that there should be no discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, then we should offer this service [IVF using embryo freezing] to lesbian couples as well", suggesting that same-sex couples should be the beneficiary of this new policy.

It would be naive to look at these issues in isolation. And, it would also be naive to believe that, if, and when, embryo freezing and IVF are offered to lesbians, these same procedures will somehow be withheld from homosexual men. In order to be consistent before the law, it seems unlikely that it could be otherwise?

It is obvious, therefore, that these suggestions are designed to soften the ground for the acceptance, not only of embryo freezing, but also of surrogacy - the combination of which are required to assist homosexual men in "reproduction".

Of course, any reasonable observer - especially those who, like the majority of Maltese people, understand that the sanctity of human life is inviolable, and that, as such, human life ought never be commoditised - should be alarmed by the prospect of any of these proposals and suggestions!

Therefore, this petition does two things: 1) Reminds all Maltese MPs, that embryo freezing and surrogacy are both against the values and morals which support the common good of Maltese society, and which they (the politicians) know to be good for the natural family and for children; and, 2) Asks the Maltese people to tell their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about this potential breach of trust - especially the fact that the parties would be violating the mandate given to them in the last election, as both parties' election manifestos only mention IVF in the context of the Embryo Protection Act (2012) - please see the petition description page for more information.

This type of submissiveness towards the LGBT lobby is an obvious attempt to curry favour with a loud, but miniscule constituency.

But, it also demonstrates a dangerous proclivity, to put politics before principle...to put politics before people (i.e., the human embryo, which will be manipulated and degraded by freezing).

This is ironic in the extreme, given the fact that the "best interest of the child" (as promoted in the Equality Act, 2015) is NEVER served by embryo freezing.

To that point, did you know that an average of 10% of human embryos are lost (i.e., killed) in the freeze-thaw process?

Moreover, as these novelties were not part of either party's election manifesto, these suggestions are causing a lot of anxiety among people of all political persuasions in Malta.

Embryo freezing not only devalues the dignity of a unique human being, but also treats him/her as though he/she is a type of commodity.

And, the fact that the proposed legislation will allow for the freezing of multiple embryos, also begs the question: what will happen to the surplus frozen embryos?

We know from other jurisdictions, where these same procedures are allowed, that such embryos are routinely discarded. That is, excess embryos are routinely treated with disdain and disposed of, as if they were not the invaluable human persons which they are.

This issue is beyond politics.

And so, I must tell you that, if you pursue this course of action, I will tell my family, friends, neighbours and colleagues that you have not only done something contrary to your election manifestos, but that you also have gone against your own pro-life values - values which you know to be the foundation of all other rights and values.

Again, for me, this is not a political issue, but a deeply-held human rights issue.

I do not want Malta to go down this path.

Malta is a country which cares for the vulnerable. Malta is a country which cherishes Life.

Playing God with human life...and, literally, with the future generations of Malta...is not an option any politician should entertain.

[Your Name]

Maltese MPs: Protect what you believe in! Protect Life! Do Not Proceed with Embryo Freezing!

For the Kind Attention Of:

  •  All Maltese MPs
  • Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
  • Dr Chris Fearne, Parliamentary Secretary for Health,
  • Dr Simon Busutill, Leader of the Opposition

Recent reports, attributed to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, suggest that draft legislation could soon introduce embryo freezing into Malta, by an amendment of the Embryo Protection Act (2012).

And, other reports, attributed to Secretary for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, have him quoted as saying: "If we say that there should be no discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, then we should offer this service [IVF using embryo freezing] to lesbian couples as well", suggesting that same-sex couples should be the beneficiary of this new policy.

It would be naive to look at these issues in isolation. And, it would also be naive to believe that, if, and when, embryo freezing and IVF are offered to lesbians, these same procedures will somehow be withheld from homosexual men. In order to be consistent before the law, it seems unlikely that it could be otherwise?

It is obvious, therefore, that these suggestions are designed to soften the ground for the acceptance, not only of embryo freezing, but also of surrogacy - the combination of which are required to assist homosexual men in "reproduction".

Of course, any reasonable observer - especially those who, like the majority of Maltese people, understand that the sanctity of human life is inviolable, and that, as such, human life ought never be commoditised - should be alarmed by the prospect of any of these proposals and suggestions!

Therefore, this petition does two things: 1) Reminds all Maltese MPs, that embryo freezing and surrogacy are both against the values and morals which support the common good of Maltese society, and which they (the politicians) know to be good for the natural family and for children; and, 2) Asks the Maltese people to tell their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about this potential breach of trust - especially the fact that the parties would be violating the mandate given to them in the last election, as both parties' election manifestos only mention IVF in the context of the Embryo Protection Act (2012) - please see the petition description page for more information.

This type of submissiveness towards the LGBT lobby is an obvious attempt to curry favour with a loud, but miniscule constituency.

But, it also demonstrates a dangerous proclivity, to put politics before principle...to put politics before people (i.e., the human embryo, which will be manipulated and degraded by freezing).

This is ironic in the extreme, given the fact that the "best interest of the child" (as promoted in the Equality Act, 2015) is NEVER served by embryo freezing.

To that point, did you know that an average of 10% of human embryos are lost (i.e., killed) in the freeze-thaw process?

Moreover, as these novelties were not part of either party's election manifesto, these suggestions are causing a lot of anxiety among people of all political persuasions in Malta.

Embryo freezing not only devalues the dignity of a unique human being, but also treats him/her as though he/she is a type of commodity.

And, the fact that the proposed legislation will allow for the freezing of multiple embryos, also begs the question: what will happen to the surplus frozen embryos?

We know from other jurisdictions, where these same procedures are allowed, that such embryos are routinely discarded. That is, excess embryos are routinely treated with disdain and disposed of, as if they were not the invaluable human persons which they are.

This issue is beyond politics.

And so, I must tell you that, if you pursue this course of action, I will tell my family, friends, neighbours and colleagues that you have not only done something contrary to your election manifestos, but that you also have gone against your own pro-life values - values which you know to be the foundation of all other rights and values.

Again, for me, this is not a political issue, but a deeply-held human rights issue.

I do not want Malta to go down this path.

Malta is a country which cares for the vulnerable. Malta is a country which cherishes Life.

Playing God with human life...and, literally, with the future generations of Malta...is not an option any politician should entertain.

[Your Name]