Friday, September 14, 2012 by Jacqueline Calleja, Balzan
Regarding the proposed IVF legislation, some matters need to be clarified. If one of the embryos to be implanted is found to be defective, will the woman concerned be informed about this? Will she be given the option to refuse to have a defective embryo implanted?
If she refuses, what will be the fate reserved for the embryo concerned? Will it be discarded, bringing to fruition the concept that only those who fulfil certain criteria deserve to live?
On an entirely different note, regarding a possibly future situation of having legislation allowing same-sex marriages, some questions need to be asked. Will teachers in schools be forbidden from teaching any more that there is only one kind of marriage, that it is between a man and a woman and that any other form is against both natural law and the law of God Himself?
What will happen during Catechism classes both in schools and those held after school hours if teachers impart the Church’s teaching about matrimony? Will they be accused of homophobia and be liable to prosecution?
Will the same fate befall priests if, during church sermons, they declare that there can only be one kind of marriage, which is between a man and a woman, ordered to the love between the spouses and to the procreation of children?