President signs IVF law out of respect for Malta’s democratic process and Constitution
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has signed the Act which amends the Embryo Protection Act and said that she only did this out of loyalty towards the Constitution and the democratic process.
The law was passed two days ago with 34 votes in favour and 27 against. In a statement, the President said that she signed the law after taking advice on ethical, moral and legal grounds and after a long process of reflection and discernment. She said that the decision is not an ethical compromise between her sound beliefs and personal values about human life, the family and the complete welfare of the baby which has been conceived. She reiterated her belief in human dignity and the physical integrity of every person and that these should be respected and protected from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.
President Coleiro Preca said that she could have chosen not to be in the country when the Bill was in the Third Reading, however she said that she did not want to shirk her responsibilities or her duties. She also added that every person, even at embryonic stage should never be used as an object or intentionally placed at risk in order not to continue developing normally. She said that the challenge of Maltese society is to continue protecting whoever is weak, including the embryo.
The President said that she appreciates the contribution which civil society gave in this discussion and understands the concerns of some people regarding the ethical, moral, social psychological and legal issues. At the same time, she said that she understands and empathises with the hurt of couples who cannot have children and who wish to become parents through the technology of IVF, and she also understands their legitimate right to have complete help from society.
Parliament passes IVF law with 34 in favour and 27 against