European MP's pass resolution critics say will promote abortion and homosexual marriage

The dispicable Euro MP Giusto Catania pictured

Italian Communist Giusto Catania tabled the pro-abortion, pro-gay resolution with the aim of improving Europe's 'fundamental human rights'

Euro-MP's have passed a resolution which critics say will promote abortion and gay marriage throughout the European Union. The motion called on each of the 27 member states to legally guarantee access to 'sexual and reproductive rights'.

Opponents claim the wording is a euphemism, which is often used to include abortion on demand. The resolution was tabled by Giusto Catania, an Italian Communist MEP, with the aim of improving and harmonizing 'fundamental human rights' laws across the continent.

The resolution is based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, part of the Lisbon treaty, despite the fact that neither the charter nor the Lisbon treaty have been passed into law.

Much of the resolution deals with xenophobia, and the rights of children and refugees but one part stressed 'the need to raise public awareness of the right to reproductive and sexual health, and calls on the member states to ensure that women can fully enjoy these rights, to put in place appropriate sex education, information and confidential advisory services, and to facilitate access to contraception in order to prevent all unwanted pregnancies and illegal and high-risk abortions'.

It said public funds should be made available in every EU country to ensure that 'ethnic minority women', in particular, can have full access to such services. It also calls on all EU member states to recognize same-sex civil partnerships equally with heterosexual marriage. During the debate, no 'pro-life' amendments were approved.

The resolution will have go before the EU's Council of Ministers before becoming law. But even before it is rubber stamped it will act as a 'soft law' used to put every EU government under pressure to abolish any existing restrictions in their laws on abortion.

Anthony Ozimic, the political secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: 'The resolution violates national laws on conscientious objection to abortion and on public funding for abortion. The resolution calls for the recognition of a so-called right to abortion - yet not one international treaty or human rights court has recognized any such right.

Abortion is the most contentious issue at United Nations conferences and any attempt even to imply a right to abortion creates heated controversy between national delegations. He added:

Religious leaders and pro-life groups throughout Europe must shake off their complacency about the EU and mobilise religious believers for pro-life action. The message everyone must hear is that the right to life is the most important political issue, because the right to life is the indispensable foundation of all other rights

Failure to act will mean that countless millions of unborn children will die because of the EU's promotion of abortion both inside and outside Europe.'

The debate on abortion arrived at the European Parliament less than a year after the Council of Europe called for the legalization of 'abortion on demand' in every country on the continent. Last April, the Strasbourg-based council approved a report urging countries where abortion is either illegal or restricted to grant unlimited access to the controversial procedure.

The report encouraged 47 member states to 'guarantee women's effective exercise of their right to abortion' and to 'allow women freedom of choice and offer the conditions of a free and enlightened choice'. The resolution was non-binding but its purpose was to exert enormous pressure on European governments to bring in liberal abortion laws.

The council was set up in 1949 to further European integration by harmonizing human rights laws. Its decision to elevate abortion to the status of a human right came a year after Amnesty International declared that it supported legal abortion as a sexual and reproductive right.

Abortion on demand is legal in most European states in the first three months of pregnancy. It is forbidden in Andorra, the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland, Monaco and Poland except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

Access is also restricted in Britain - where it is available up to 24 weeks only with the approval of two doctors - along with Cyprus, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Liechtenstein. A total ban exists in Malta and Vatican City.

Taken from the Daily Mail 15th January 2009

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