Eugenic Screening Allowed: European Court Decides

On August 28 the European Court of Human Rights declared that access to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) must be allowed.

The court decision dealt with Law 40/2004 on assisted fertilization in Italy. The case of Rosetta Costa and Walter Pavan v. Italy regarded a married couple who were both carriers of cystic fibrosis who wished to use PGD to screen their children as embryos.

The couple already aborted a child suffering from cystic fibrosis and they brought their case to the court arguing that the current Italian law that prohibits pre-implantation genetic diagnosis infringes their private and family life.

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2 comments on “Eugenic Screening Allowed: European Court Decides

  1. AnglicanFirst says:

    Those who favor and participate “eugenic screening” will, like all of us, undergo their own personal screening when final Judgement is passed upon them.

  2. MichaelA says:

    Courts over time tend to reflect the values of their constituencies, not necessarily the majority, but the influential majority.

    Rulings like this are a problem, but the deeper problem is the low level of Christian faith in Europe, combined with a high level of cynicism about Christianity and religion in general. Until that is changed, we won’t see much different from the leaders and judges of Europe.

    Pray that the Lord sends out workers into the harvest field of Europe, because the need is very great.