NCD 'tried to roll back anonymous donor fertilization'

Wanted to put 'cell traders' in prison for up to six years

(ANSA) - Rome, March 4 - The New Center Right (NCD) party tried to roll back anonymous donor fertilization and stem cell therapy - both of which are legal in Italy but opposed by the Catholic Church - by tacking an amendment onto an organ transplant bill now being voted on the Senate floor, Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) whip Loredana De Petris said Wednesday.
    "(NCD Senate whip Renato) Schifani asked for a suspension of debate on the bill to give MPs more time to consider their amendment," De Petris said.
    "It would have made trading in stem cells punishable with up to six years in prison,and trading in cells and tissues from a living donor" punishable with 1-6 years in prison and a 25-250,000 euro fine.
    "It's shameful how they tried to insert anonymous donor fertilization into a bill on organ trafficking," De Petris said.


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