8 Oct 2003

Call in Fiji against artificial conception to protect race

8:07 am on 8 October 2003

There have been calls in Fiji to ban artificial conception procedures to protect the indigenous race.

The Daily Post says the calls have come from several indigenous provinces in submissions to the Fijian Affairs Board for incorporation into the proposed Family Law Bill.

One province is reported to have said that children born through artificial conception would be politically disastrous for indigenous Fijians.

It said this is because artificial conception would be an effective way of multiplying other races and condoning evil against the word of God.

Another province said it would allow for the recognition of de facto relationships and belittle parental responsibility.

The Fiji Law Reform Commission has recommended that the clause dealing with artificial conception be deleted and issues about children born out of such procedures be addressed through the common law.