The Gift of Life Foundation thank Minister Leo Brincat for defending human life.

Issued 13 June 2014
11.15am
Gift Of Life applaud the unequivocal pro-life stance taken by the Government of Malta in defence of human life. We particularly wish to thank Environment Minister Leo Brincat for making Malta’s position against abortion clear during a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers even if this position was not taken into consideration by the council.
Malta’s pro-life future remains intact thanks to the efforts of our representatives to remain assertive and determined in the face of unrelenting pressure from the EU to impose an anti-life agenda on our country.
Malta remains the only country in the EU that fully respects human life from conception because of our genuine and sincere values. Malta continues to be the lone voice of reason in an ever increasing anti-life culture. We encourage our representatives in their efforts to promote a culture of life amongst other EU members.

Paul Vincenti
President of the Gift of Life Foundation


Press statement. IVF: released 18November 2012

Parliament and discussions about the validity of an authority overseeing IVF treatment

The Gift of Life Foundation is following the debate in parliament on IVF very closely. We welcome the fact that there seems to be a general consensus on both sides of the house to protect human life from fertilization.

Whilst one appreciates that the privacy of couples seeking IVF treatment is to be respected, we call on Parliament to protect the concept of an authority. It would be meaningless to enact legislation without an effective authority which is in turn empowered to monitor and coordinate processes that involve not only the prospective parents and their rights, as well as the rights of the embryo, which is the most vulnerable person in the process. The Gift of Life Foundation is in full agreement that couples persons seeking IVF treatment should be treated with the utmost sensitivity and care and that confidentiality should be respected at all times. We would, however, be very concerned if this was achieved by removing accountability through the elimination of the authority.

Working hand in hand with doctors and other health care professionals, an authority (made up of other responsible professionals) should not subtract anything from the provision of a service that is private, respectful and sensitive to the situations of couples seeking IVF treatment. It is our understanding that there are other forms of treatment available through the national health service, including treatment abroad, which are vetted, in confidence, by relevant boards on a case by case basis prior to approval.

We call on Parliament to enact a responsible law -one that offers the right balance between the needs of prospective parents, the embryo and the clinic offering the treatment.

Gift of Life Foundation


Issued: 22 November 2012
Time: 9.45 am


Gift of Life augurs that Dr Tonio Borg’s appointment to serve as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs will be an opportunity for him to remain true to his pro-life stance in the light of the challenges ahead of him.

We are hopeful that Dr Borg’s values together with his respect of the liberal positions of some Member States will ultimately prove to be a strong message for Europe.

It is unfortunate, however, that following the unjust criticism leveled towards him from a number of liberal MEPs prior to his appointment, Dr Borg accepted to provide a letter of assurances including assurance about his support for EU policies with regard to women’s rights - while recognising that women’s rights include many aspects, it is our view this was unnecessary and only served to raise concerns and doubts especially in Malta about his stand against abortion. We remain confident that Dr Borg will prove to be able to continue to cherish his pro-life stand in his new challenging post.

Gift of Life Foundation


The annual Walk for Life will take place on Sunday October 28th 2012.

The walk starts at City Gate Valletta and ends in Bay Street, Paceville. One can walk all or part of the walk as it is divided into nine parts to symbolize the nine months a baby spends in its mother’s womb during pregnancy. The walk is by the sea from Pieta onwards and you will see markers on the route in pink and blue ribbons where you can meet us en route.

Download a sponsor form and contact Mary Hilda Camilleri for a registration number by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 21346775 or 99224043.

Walkers are asked to arrive at City Gate at 9am to be ready to start the walk at 9.30am. We expect to get to Baystreet by 12 noon.

Please do share this email with your friends and pin a printed poster somewhere prominent so that more people will hear about the walk.

All proceeds from the walk will go towards helping women in crisis pregnancies and their babies.

Hope to see you there.

The Organizing Team

Download the poster here
Download the sponsor sheet here


Freezing is not pro-life!

During the Parliamentary Select Committee meetings Gift of Life representatives attended, where this was being discussed, we heard at least two MPs suggest that when generating embryos through IVF, at least one extra embryo should be formed so as to ensure having the required number of embryos (e.g. 2) in the eventuality of one of them dying in the process leading to implantation. The ‘extra’ embryos are frozen – with eventual stockpiling of unused embryos. The embryos that are considered of ‘lesser quality’ are automatically selected for the freezer.Some MPs have referred to this as being pro-life. This is not for the following reasons:

IVF already is an extremely inefficient treatment for infertility.

The proponents of embryo freezing have suggested that any surplus, frozen embryos, rather than be destroyed, can then be offered up for ‘adoption’! This of course is not likely to take place in reality, given that the frozen embryos would be the ‘lesser quality’ ones other parents have ‘rejected’.

This ‘adoption’ scheme would be surrogacy under the different name. Surrogacy has already been rejected by all the Social Affairs Committees.

Frozen embryos perish when they are thawed out after storage. 35% of these embryos inevitably die. Source ( 'Comitato Nazionale per la Bioetica-Destino degli embrioni derivanti da procreazione medicalmente assistita a non piu impiantabili' - 26 ottobre 2007 )

Wherever clinics have chosen to freeze embryos, massive stockpiles of unwanted human embryos have built up. This has created an immense ethical dilemma for these other countries. This has also resulted in complicated legal issues involving ownership of these embryos. These are especially complicated when couples who have frozen embryos stored at a clinic separate or divorce.

Many unwanted embryos are eventually sold on for experimentation as the cost to keep these frozen are sizable. This is nothing less than sanctioned human trafficking.

The human person can never be considered to have less value and thus relegated to a level of a commodity and a means to an end. It is wrong to place the success of a fertility treatment before the dignity and respect of human life at conception.

Embryo freezing is clearly an affront to the rights and dignity of all persons and cannot be acceptable to pro-life MPs.






'The pro-life movement's position on embryo freezing'


Surrogacy by stealth

Much has been written and discussed about the regularization of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) within Artificial Reproductive Treatment (ART) over the years. It has now been announced that parliament will be discussing a draft law on IVF in the next two months.

During the Parliamentary Select Committee meetings Gift of Life representatives attended, where this was being discussed, we heard at least two MPs suggest that when generating embryos through IVF, at least one extra embryo should be formed so as to ensure having the required number of embryos (e.g. 2) in the eventuality of one of them dying in the process leading to implantation. The ‘extra’ embryos are frozen – with eventual stockpiling of unused embryos. The embryos that are considered of ‘lesser quality’ are automatically selected for the freezer.

Were this suggestion to be taken up, then more importance would be given to achieving a pregnancy than to the actual human being. The risk is that the embryo then becomes a commodity, and therefore up for commercial use and subject to such market laws as profit and efficiency or wastage. Once the idea of human life as a commodity is accepted by society, the acceptance of the legalization of abortion follows.

The proponents of embryo freezing have suggested that any surplus, frozen embryos, rather than be destroyed, can then be offered up for ‘adoption’! This of course is not likely to take place in reality, given that the frozen embryos would be the ‘lesser quality’ ones other parents have ‘rejected’.

This ‘adoption’ scheme would be surrogacy under the different name. The natural parents of the embryo would be totally out of the picture and lose all responsiblilty towards their offspring. Various Select Committees have rejected the idea of surrogacy and of gamete donation. Referring to the passing on of embryos to others under the term ‘adoption’ does not change the obvious fact that it is surrogacy. Apart from the above, one cannot ignore the fact that during the thawing process prior to implantation, up to 35% of these embryos inevitably die. Source ( 'Comitato Nazionale per la Bioetica-Destino degli embrioni derivanti da procreazione medicalmente assistita a non piu impiantabili' - 26 ottobre 2007 )
Embryo freezing is clearly an affront to the rights and dignity of all persons and cannot be acceptable to pro-life MPs.

Paul Vincenti

President and founder of the Gift of Life Foundation






GOL released a statement yesterday, 6th December, 2011 regarding a vote by a Maltese MEP. GOL had sent an email last week to all MEPs as the foundation was aware of the upcoming resolution vote to be taken. Although Professor Edward Scicluna initially voted against certain anti-life parts of the resolution , he eventually voted in favour of the entire final resolution which included ensuring access to safe and legal abortion, emergency contraception and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services (which usually include abortion).

To put it plainly, Professor Scicluna initially first voted pro-life, however when the majority of the EU parliament included the very same pro-abortion language he had been against, he then voted in favour if the same language he had just voted against by supporting the entire resolution.

Just as a child does not partially die in an abortion, one cannot be partially pro-life.

See a copy of the press release below

Gift of Life Foundation

Gift of Life Press Release

06 December 2011
Gift of Life Foundation is concerned about the pro-life record of the Member of the European Parliament Edward Scicluna, especially as he has indicated that he will be contesting the next general elections. On the 1rst December Edward Scicluna voted in favour of the non-legislative resolution European Parliament resolution on the EU response to HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries. Amongst other positive amendments, this resolution 'calls on the Commission and Council to ensure access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, information and supplies; takes the view that this should cover, inter alia, confidential and voluntary counselling, testing and treatment for HIV and all sexually transmitted infections; prevention of unintended pregnancies; equitable and affordable access to contraceptives, including access to emergency contraception; safe and legal abortion, including post-abortion care; and care and treatment to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, including to partners and children.' This is a well known tactic within the European Parliament that is to include access to abortion as a small part of a large resolution so as to make it difficult for the members to vote against. John Attard Montalto and Louis Grech were absent for this vote, while Simon Busuttil and David Casa voted against it. GOL will be launching a pro-life candidates watch leading up to the next general election which will guide voters on the pro-life stance of prospective candidates.

We urge Dr Scicluna to explain his position on abortion.




A baby at 9 weeks



85% of aborted babies are killed when they are between 7 and 9 weeks old. At this age the child is formed. Look at this ultrasound of a child at 9 weeks. You can see the heart beating and her mouth opening and closing.




APLA 2011 winners
Selemawitt and Dr Miriam Sciberras






WALK FOR LIFE RAISES € €3767.84 IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN IN CRISIS PREGNANCY


Photo by Sasha Matic, The Malta Independent.


We are pleased to announce that the funds raised by the Walk for Life totalled € €3767.84, of which a staggering €1759.80 was raised by St.Monica school students who deserve a special mention for their efforts and enthusiasm. A big THANK YOU to all the organisers, participants and sponsors on behalf of the women and children supported by HOPE Crisis Pregnancy Support.




WALK FOR LIFE UPDATE



Photo by Sasha Matic, The Malta Independent.


We are pleased to announce that the funds raised by the Walk for Life totalled EUR 3767.84, of which a staggering EUR 1759.80 was raised by St.Monica school students who deserve a special mention. A big thank you to all the organisers , participants and sponsors on behalf of the women and children supported by Hope Crisis Pregnancy Support who will benefit from the proceeds - THANK YOU ALL!





Gift of Life Autumn Campaign
Many of the arguments used in the recent divorce debate here in Malta contain identical positions used by some to justify abortion. These range from arguments in favour of choice to human rights and the unfairness of divorce being available overseas yet illegal in Malta. Of course, Malta is still overwhelmingly pro-life however if people forget what the unborn child actually looks like at very early stages of pregnancy, then these same arguments may one day be used to justify the legalisation of abortion in our country.

In November 2011, Gift of Life embarked on an national information campaign designed to bring to the forfront the protagonist in the pro-life struggle, the unborn child. Billboards where erected all over the Island showing an image of a 9 week old (gestation) child in it’s mother’s womb.



Gift of Life calls for IVF law
to protect human embryo
(from the Timesofmalta.com)
Walk 4 Life video, articles and pictures



Links:

Abby Johnson: Planned Parenthood Kept Me in the Dark on My Abortion

Abortion Pill Risks



Press release by Gift of Life Foundation
25th October 2011, 9.09am

The Annual Pro-Life Award (APLA) 2011
This year the Annual Pro-Life Award will be awarded jointly to the Professionals Against Embryo Freezing (PAEF) for their valiant work in defence of the human embryo from freezing as part of regular IVF treatment in Malta, and posthumously to Mr. Ashih Tekleab Haile, the Eritrean man who lost his life whilst rescuing a French man from drowning at the Paradise Bay last July; the award will be received by his wife, Selemawit Hagus Belay.
Both awards will presented by Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian and Mary Vassallo, the parents of the late Ms Annabelle Vassallo, who received last year’s award.
The award ceremony will be held at the Phoenicia Hotel on Saturday the 12th November 2011 at 5.30pm. The Media are invited to cover the event and attend the reception following the ceremony. For enquiries and bookings please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gift of Life Foundation










 

What does +9 mean?

We are generally nine months older than what we claim to be on our birthday. Use the +9 symbol to draw awareness to this. Today everyone in Malta knows what +9 means .It is now being used in other parts of globe also. It is a simple message that screams through all the semantics and lost values. Go here to view a +9 advert in Maltese, as seen on National TV in a recent campaign in Malta.


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