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Macau diocese against artificial conception legislation

MACAU (UCAN): Macau’s Diocesan Commission of the Family, Marriage and Life submitted the signatures of 1,500 people along with a written submission to the government opposing legislation on assisted reproductive technology.
It affirmed its stance objecting to artificial conception and any technologies that create life and infringe on human dignity.
The Macau Health Bureau announced last November that a public consultation on the legislation was to take place over 40 days from 4 December 2017 to January 12.
Officials said the consultation was aimed at helping the public understand the legislative direction and content of the relevant bills, particularly some relating to controversial ethical issues.
Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang of Macau, told local media on December 20 that assisted reproductive technology was a Pandora’s box involving many ethical issues that required the government’s careful consideration, otherwise many problems “will (go) out of control and have a great impact on human life.”
He said, “The diocese is only responsible for bringing ethical assessment to all.” 
The commission organised a symposium on January 4 to explain the impact of the legislation.
Sister Juliana Devoy, of Sisters of the Good Shepherd, quoted Catholic teaching, stating that creating life through unnatural means usurping what rightly belongs to God. 
She explained that the Church viewed artificial insemination and related technologies as totally unacceptable and cited Donum Vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation) to explain that this stance was the truth of the Catholic faith.
Father Domingos Un Wai-meng, pointed out that assisted reproductive technology posed challenges to ethical relations among human beings as it involved the donation of sperm, eggs or embryos outside the couple, which eventually destroyed the natural structure of the family.
He said there was no measure at present to protect the human rights of life created by assisted reproductive technology as the law would stipulate the status of the donor to be kept confidential forever, so the child would never know his or her biological parents.
“We are opposed to human trafficking, but assisted reproductive technology is another way to do this. It is a moral disorder, so we oppose it,” the priest said.
On January 7, the commission conducted a signature campaign in all Macau parishes for protecting “human dignity, life value and maintenance of social ethics.”

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