FERTILITY CLINIC CLOSED
Next time a conservative religious leader tells you that the
religious *really* don't want to legislate morals, just say to
yourself "Remember Poland."
It seems that Novum, a fertility clinic in Warsaw, was trying to
help infertile couples have children. As part of the process, in
some instances, it froze embryos for test-tube fertilization.
Well, according to Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek, "The church does not
want children to come from factories. A child is the fruit of
love, not high-tech." Accordingly, Anna Greziak, the chief
doctor of Warsaw, ordered the clinic to stop any freezing of
embryos. After all, she says, the method, condemned by the
church, "interferes with the essence of humanity." The order has
effectively stopped the work of the clinic. Thus, Roman Catholic
doctrine becomes the law for childless Polish couples.
In another front in Poland, the Roman Catholic church is
demanding that a state/church separation clause be dropped from
the country's constitution. The church also wishes that an
invocation to its god be included in the new constitution now
Source: Associated Press, 3/28/95; Reuters, 3/27/95; Reuters,