Sunday and yesterday there was an election here in Italy for a referendum, to change the currenty fertility law. Currently the law limits the creation of embryos to three, forbids sperm or egg donation and prohibits scientific research using embryos. It failed. The purpose of the referedums was to see whether these limitations should be ended, as well as permit fertile couples with hereditary diseases to screen their embryos. In a country that has such a low birth rate, one would think this referendum would be a good thing, but it failed. The Vatican had a campaign, telling people not to vote. I thought Church and State were supposed to be separate. Whatever.