With the Italian parliament expected to vote soon on a proposed law on medically assisted suicide, a Jesuit physician and moral theologian has called on lawmakers to stop postponing action and to restrict the practice as much as possible by refining and passing an “imperfect law” that is on the table.  The current lacuna in Italian law must be filled with clearer and controlled norms and putting in place even an “imperfect” measure would avoid the effects of an even worse law or scenario on the horizon, Jesuit Father Carlo Casalone wrote in the Jesuit journal, La Civiltà Cattolica, which is reviewed before publication by the Vatican Secretariat of State. Casalone is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a professor of moral theology at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University. A similar approach was employed in 2004, when momentum was building in Italy to legalize artificial reproduction. […]

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