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|Posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:52 AM||comments (2)|
Following yesterday’s invitation to sign a petition and write to your MEPs about the Lunacek report going before the European Parliament next Tuesday, we bring you this article which details attempts being made by Ms Lunacek to defend her controversial report...
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (4)|
MEP's appplaud the result
The controversial report put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela was rejected today in the European Parliament.
The report, titled ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’, was sent back to committee in October (read our report here) after it was narrowly defeated in Parliament. The committee then returned the report to Parliament for another vote today where it was defeated by 334 votes to 327. A small, but hugely significant, margin.
Part of the chamber stood to applaud the result while the other slightly smaller part booed. Ms Estrela said that “hypocrisy has prevailed over the rights of women” and suggested that “the voters of Europe won’t forget this shameful vote.”
In response, a fellow Portuguese MEP said: “A true democrat is pleased to win and equally accepts defeat. I cannot accept that Edite Estrela should say that, because she has lost a vote, she should insult us and call us hypocrites. What Ms Estrela says brings shame upon her.”
To see such passion in our European Parliament on this crucial matter - the matter of life - is encouraging. Abortion has, in recent times, started to become a real hot topic again across the globe after years of unnecessary killing of young, innocent lives. And despite the mainstream media’s persistent shying away from the issue, governments are slowly being forced to take notice of a growing and increasingly active pro-life movement across the globe.
Had the Estrela Report been approved it would have been a European Parliament rubber stamp defining abortion as a human right. The dangers of this are obvious. Women could claim, at any time during pregnancy and for any reason, their right to abort their baby. Any laws protecting life in the womb could, over time, become obsolete set against the human right to abort. And the right to conscientious objection by pro-life medical staff would be scrapped.
This vote for life must be applauded and gratitude expressed to those MEP’s who voted against the Estrela report. Praise must also go to the many people across Europe who encouraged their MEP’s to vote against the report and also those organisations supporting the campaign to vote ‘no’.
There is always more work to be done and the fight to end abortion has a long, long way to go. But the positive signs are there. This result, alongside the closure of hundreds of abortion clinics across the United States and the amassing of 1.8 million signatures for the European ‘One of Us’ pro-life campaign, only goes to show that life is fighting back! Let’s keep saying ‘yes’ to life and ‘no’ to death and keep up the prayers!
|Posted on November 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM||comments (1)|
Please sign this petition to reject euthanasia in Europe and protect the dignity of life.
Sadly, children under the age of 18 will soon have the right to euthanasia in Belgium. Life is now so devalued that even the purest in society have the option to say: ‘I want to die’ and the state will simply grant their wish.
If you disagree with euthanasia please click this link and sign the petition: http://www.citizengo.org/en/860-no-euthanasia-europe
Over 1.8 million European signatures secured, it's now time for the One of Us campaign to engage with the European Institutions
|Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM||comments (0)|
Following the incredible total of over 1.8 million signatories to the One of Us campaign the coordinators of the initiative met in Krakow, Poland to discuss their next moves.
The group will now develop a charter which they hope will serve as a starting point for the launching of a European Federation that can embrace all the organisations working in the defence of human life in the European Union.
There must also be a public hearing on the issues raised by the initiative and this will be organised by the European Commission in due course, most likely by the end of February 2014.
Click this link to the One of Us website for more details:
|Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM||comments (0)|
The One of Us campaign, an EU initiative supported and promoted by Scots Catholic, has achieved an incredible 1,891,000 signatures across the European Union in support of its pro-life initiative to protect and respect the dignity of the human embryo.
The national authorities in each member state now have 3 months to certify the final number of valid statements collected. The European Commission and European Parliament will then meet the One of Us organisers to discuss in detail the issues raised through the initiative. The European Commission will also be required to formulate a formal response to the initiative and this may include a legislative proposal.
Please keep praying for our European governors to take note of this significant evidence of public opinion in favour of the unborn child, and continue to pray for an end to abortion. This initiative could be the greatest victory for the unborn child for a long, long time.
To find out more about the initiative and its great success to date, click here: http://www.oneofus.eu/the-european-pro-life-citizen-initiative-one-of-us-reaches-first-place-with-over-1891000-signatures/
|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (3)|
A crucial European Parliament vote on whether or not abortion can be considered a human right has been rejected and the matter returned to committee for further consideration.
We reported last night that this could be a crucial vote and that – should the motion have been approved – would have meant abortion could be classed as a human right across the European Union. Thankfully, and by the grace of God, 351 MEP’s voted to return the resolution to committee whilst 319 had voted against.
Portuguese Socialist MEP Edite Estrela, who drafted the report, was roundly booed as she stood up to address parliament. Estrela has been criticised for her stance on abortion which includes ensuring that conscientious objections to abortion do not limit access to the procedure. The concern here, of course, is that pro-life doctors and medics could be forced to carry out the procedure or risk losing their job.
This news is a significant victory for life, although there is admittedly still some way to go. But it is abundantly clear that, with this news and also the news that the ‘One of Us’ campaign has reached 1.3 million signatories, Europe is a continent that supports life. Let’s hope and pray it stays that way.
|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM||comments (4)|
The 'One of Us' Initiative Logo
You may not have noticed it in the mainstream press but a European initiative aimed at protecting the respect, dignity and integrity of the human embryo has achieved a colossal 1.3 million signatures across Europe in support of its aims as we approach a November 1st deadline.
The figure is significant as it means the initiative is – after passing the 1 million signatories mark - now entitled to invite the European Commission to propose legislation around the protection of the human embryo.
As the One of Us website explains, “Based on the definition of the human embryo as the beginning of the development of the human being, which was given in a recent ECJ judgment (Brüstle vs. Greenpeace), “One of Us” asks the EU to end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health.”
It’s a significant show of support for the life of a human being from the moment of conception, and a significant show of disapproval of the act of abortion. Europe is speaking up for the unborn child and with the number of signatures received there will be no hiding place for those in power across the continent. They simply have to listen to the people.
The following countries have already surpassed their expected number of signatures supporting the initiative: Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Slovakia. Unfortunately, countries such as the UK and Ireland are still lagging behind but thankfully they appear to be in the minority!
The One of Us campaign is, of course, still counting on your support and campaigners now hope to achieve 1.5 million signatures! So if you haven’t yet signed the petition please do so now by clicking this link: One of Us petition.