Those against abortion should be against PGD – Prof Agius

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bio-ethics Professor Emanuel Agius told Newsbook.com.mt that members of Parliament who are against abortion should also be against the introduction of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as this would lead to the destruction of vulnerable human beings. He described as flawed, inconsistent and dangerous the position of those who pretend to be against abortion but pro-PGD which diagnoses disabilities of all kinds, from diabetes to Downs Syndrome and a multitude of other disabilities.“Discussions in Parliament on the protection of human embryo need to be consistent and clear”, said Agius.Read Also: We need a consistent ethics of life in Parliamentary debatesHe described as shameful and utterly reprehensible the eugenic mentality on which preimplantation genetic diagnosis is based as it  accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies.The bio-ethics expert who is a member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Union and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life  was asked for his opinion after Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar called for a mature discussion on the Embryo Protection Act to include amendments that would allow preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This is a procedure used in IVF prior to the implantation of the human embryo to ensure that only embryos free from genetic defects are transferred into the womb.Against abortion? Then against PGD“If members of Parliament are against abortion, as MP Etienne Grech claimed, then the same members … should claim unequivocally that they do not support amendments that would introduce PGD in the Embryo Protection Act”, Agius told Newsbook.com.mt.Read: PN MP asks for more protection of the unbornDuring the Monday morning debate in Parliament Nationalist Party Claudio Grech said that the foetus should be included in the definition of ‘minor’ within the Child Protection Act.  Labour Party MP Etienne Grech said that all government members were against abortion.“Shameful and utterly reprehensible”Prof Agius explained that in the case of PGD  the diagnosis before implantation is immediately followed by the elimination of an embryo suspected of having genetic or chromosomal defects, or not having the sex desired, or having other qualities that are not wanted.Read: Pope says abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent of Nazi eugenicsAbortion is like hiring a hitman – PopePreimplantation genetic diagnosis, says Prof Agius, is therefore the expression of a eugenic mentality that accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies. He concludes that “such an attitude is shameful and utterly reprehensible.”The bio-ethics expert told Newsbook.com.mt that  “treating the human embryo as mere ‘laboratory material’ or a ‘cluster of cells’, the dignity of the human embryo is seriously compromised.  Dignity belongs equally to every single human being, irrespective of his parents’ desires and his genetic condition!”Cutajar’s unclear position on abortionFollowing a verbal spat between Labour MP and Prof Arnold Cassola, Newsbook.com.mt asked Cutajar to clarify in an unequivocal way whether she was for or against abortion. The Labour MP failed to do so answering only that the present government had no mandate to legalise abortion.In a post on Facebook in April 2018 Cutajar had written that the embryo is not a human.Read: L-MP Laburista Rosianne Cutajar ma tgħidx li hi kontra l-abortWhatsApplast_img read more

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