The Greek Orthodox Church has taken a bold stand against the Socialist government’s law regulating artificial insemination.

The law is one that Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Orthdox church in Greece, has labelled a sop to the feminist movement, which he says seeks to undermine the family and to “overthrow the natural and ethical order.”

The church opposes in-vitro fertilization and any form of human experimental fetal-cell research. It claims the new legislation would also allow same-sex couples to “conceive” children using surrogates.

The bill, which has not yet been debated by Greece’s parliament, bans cloning, but allows some fetal cell research.