The Council of Europe has passed the pro-abortion resolution on child abandonment by 39 votes to one. Only 65 members of the Council turned up and just 40 took the trouble to vote on this most sensitive of issues. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children described the Council of Europe as ‘out of control’ in a press release, whilst John Smeaton, SPUC’s national director was quoted in a news bulletin as saying:
“What kind of world do politicians live in where they call for the abortion of children in order to avoid their abandonment at birth? Quite apart from the cruel fate of the children aborted, this policy will result in the abandonment of the mothers who are being aborted, and the continuation of the social problems which the report claims to address. The resolution's title describes abandonment as the first form of violence yet this is untrue. The first form of violence is abortion.”What should have been an entirely child-centred resolution has been devalued by the addition of a pro-abortion ideology that had no place in such a resolution.