Monday, October 7, 2013

ALERT: Conscientious Objection under grave attack in the European Parliament

European Dignity Watch report that the European Parliament is expected to vote in the near future in plenary session,  on a highly controversial Draft Reporton Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) which was adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on September 18th

Despite the fact that the EU has no competence under its treaties to deal with the issue of abortion the report by Edite Estrela — a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament — argues strongly in favour of legalizing abortion in all European Member States with no consideration for the fundamental rights to life and conscience recognized by the EU, it also seeks to sexualize children through the introduction of so called comprehensive sexuality education.

Zita Gurmai MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party issued a statement, following the committee vote, praising the report’s “clear stance in favour of legalizing abortion in all member states” and that in her opinion the recommendations that abortion should be made legal, safe, and accessible to all, is an encouraging position. “We Socialists have always believed that women, everywhere in Europe, should have the same opportunity and access to fully carry out their choice — a choice, which should not be determined by geographical location or by social status.”
This is not the first attempt to limit freedom of conscience in Europe.
The Council of Europe in 2010 rejected a radical attempt to limit freedom of conscience of medical practitioners, nurses, and hospital staff in a resolution introduced by Christine McCafferty, and known as the Mc Cafferty Report.

Please contact your MEP as a matter of urgency and appeal to him/her to oppose this anti life agenda.

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