For the Conference of Bishops of France, "no human being can treat another as an object"

“In the current state of the bill, three particular points would engage our French society even more in insoluble contradictions. If they were adopted definitively, they would show a serious misconception as to what ethics is, a misconception which, if not clarified, would amount to recklessness for the future. "

Le Permanent Council of the Conference of Bishops of France wishes to "express its concern at the proposed revision of the laws of Bioethics whose discussion in the Senate is being prepared ”. He made part of a communicated, in which he puts forward three particular points which "would engage our French society even more in insoluble contradictions", and which, if they were adopted, "would testify to a serious misconception as to what ethics is" .

In the current state of the bill, three particular points would engage our French society even more in insoluble contradictions. If they were adopted definitively, they would show a serious misconception as to what ethics is, a misconception which, if not clarified, would amount to recklessness for the future.

  1. Subjecting, as required by law, the generation by PMA of a new human being to a "parental project" is questionable. Does not the power thus recognized to parents run the risk of becoming absolute? How will the bill express the full recognition of the right of the child who is a “person”? Indeed, establishing criteria applicable to adults who want to become parents in order to authorize them or not to benefit from an ART technique will not suffice to guarantee sufficient consideration of the dignity of the child. Respect for the child should be the first consideration.
  2. The legalization of filiation without father or paternal ancestry and of motherhood by simple declaration of will, before the notary, without the woman living the gestation, implements "the improbable", some have been able to say. Is it fair to drag society into this cycle? Our Republic is based on respect for conscience. Doesn't this require that we provide for recourse to conscientious objection for those, notaries for example, who refuse, in good conscience, to be involved in spite of themselves in the realization of this "improbable"? This conscience clause also applies to the IMG. Without such an expression in the law of respect for the conscience of everyone, would we not be moving towards the establishment of a thought police, contrary to our democratic freedom?
  3. The extension of the pre-implantation diagnosis opens the way to an increased selection of unborn children, a selection that our country nevertheless professes to refuse by wishing for an inclusive society. A "liberal eugenics", depending on the decision of the potential parents or the potential parent, would thus be tolerated. Parents with a child carrying a genetic disease publicly alert us to the "dehumanization" that such selective sorting would produce. Wanting the child without any genetic variant is not only an illusion, but it would also “dehumanize” our humanity!
    These three points are significant of the headlong rush in which our Western societies are caught, subjected to liberalism and the laws of the market: individual desires are exacerbated by the apparent satisfaction that the conjunction of medical and legal techniques seems to promise.

We thank all those who take seriously the issues of the law under discussion. We salute the parliamentarians who are working to put lucidity and good ethical sense about the human being in the text of the law. We encourage concerned citizens to make their reservations known and to express their views. We reiterate that every human child is called to grow in the deployment of his freedom and in respect for his dignity, in communion with all the others, and this throughout his life, whatever his ethnic or social origin, his religion or lack of religion and sexual orientation. No human being can treat another like an object.

The Permanent Council of the French Bishops' Conference
Mgr Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, Archbishop of Reims, President of the CEF,
Mgr Dominique Blanchet, bishop of Belfort-Montbéliard, vice-president of the CEF,
Mgr Olivier Leborgne, bishop of Amiens, vice-president of the CEF,
Mgr Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris,
Bishop Jean-Pierre Batut, Bishop of Blois,
Bishop Jean-Marc Eychenne, Bishop of Pamiers,
Mgr Dominique Lebrun, Archbishop of Rouen,
Mgr Philippe Mousset, Bishop of Périgueux,
Mgr Matthieu Rougé, Bishop of Nanterre,
Mgr Pascal Wintzer, Archbishop of Poitiers. 

Press release of January 13, 2020, Catholic Church.

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