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Clash of values in Italy

Legislation in Italy is being challenged:
Italians began voting Sunday in an emotionally charged four-part referendum on fertility treatment and embryo research that will test the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and its newly elected pope, Benedict XVI.
As two days of voting that could repeal a restrictive law on assisted procreation began, the big question was whether a minimum turnout of 50 percent of eligible voters would be reached. If not, the referendums would be null and void.
As expected, the Liberal Media is going all out to push their agenda.
The referendum run-up has sparked the most heated moral debate since divorce and abortion were legalized in the 1970s. Priests have used pulpits to rally the faithful behind the slogan: "Life cannot be put to a vote: don't vote."

While leftist newspapers on Sunday promoted a yes vote, the Catholic Avvenire paper's first page read: "An embryo is not a curl of matter but the start of the life of each of us."

Pope Benedict, elected in April, made his first foray into Italian politics by backing the bishops' boycott campaign. Some of those who oppose the current law - which defines some legal rights of the embryo - fear that if it stands as is, "pro-life" activists may then try to repeal abortion
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