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Press Release in Italian | Comunicato stampa | La vita trionfa! Una dichiarazione pro-eutanasia decade al Parlamento europeo

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Bruxelles, 12 gennaio 2016  

"Dichiarazione scritta sulla dignità alla fine della vita": questo era il titolo di una dichiarazione scritta decaduta la scorsa settimana, non avendo ottenuto il sostegno necessario da parte della maggioranza dei membri del Parlamento europeo.  

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Press release | Life overcomes! Pro-euthanasia written declaration fails in the European Parliament

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Brussels, 11 January 2016

Written declaration on dignity at the end of life“: this was the title of a written declaration which lapsed last week, as it failed to reach the requested majority of the Members of the European Parliament.

Using misleading terms and without regard to the principle of subsidiarity, this written declaration stated that All European citizens, regardless of their nationality, who are in an advanced or terminal phase of an incurable illness, causing unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated, should be able to benefit from medical assistance to end their life with dignity”. In other words, this declaration was promoting euthanasia.

Even if a written declaration can never be interpreted as expressing the official position of the European Parliament, but only of the Members of the European Parliament who directly signed it, it is encouraging that it got the support from only 95 out of 751 Members.

FAFCE President Antoine Renard stated that “It is clear that the pro-euthanasia lobby is starting to work actively in the European Parliament. This induces the risk that the attention of European policy makers is diverted from what the EU could do to  support and promote good practices among Members States with regard to palliative care and support to families who care for a person at the end of his or her life. The failure of this Written declaration shows that human dignity cannot be the battleground for political disputes and cannot be exploited as a tool of some ideologies. FAFCE will continue to work in favour of  human dignity, in its true meaning, which puts the person at the centre”.




Maria Hildingsson

Secretary General

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Press release | The European Parliament clearly condemns any form of surrogate motherhood

Brussels, 17 December 2015

EP StrasbourgToday, adopting the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2014 and the European Union’s policy on the matter tabled by MEP Cristian Dan Preda (EPP, Romania), the European Parliament entirely approved paragraph 114, condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”. The European Parliament also “considers that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments”.

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Stakes for the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

Marguerite A. Peeters*

Original title, in French: Enjeux de l’Agenda de Développement Mondial de l’Après-2015Liberté politique n. 67, Paris, Autumn 2015 (www.libertepolitique.fr). FAFCE thanks the Author and the Publisher for giving the authorisation for its online publication and translation, realised by FAFCE Volunteers. Document or conference titles, quotations, are not always the reproduction of the original English but may be mere translations.

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"2015 is the most important year for development since the founding of the United Nations"[1], asserts the Secretary-General who considers that mankind has now the potential, which had never before occurred in its history, to "eradicate poverty in all its forms" and to reach "welfare for all". In opposition to this optimism, or rather to this utopianism, Ban Ki-Moon's tone becomes alarmist when dealing with climate change: it is the responsibility of this generation - and not that of the next one, for it would be too late - to determine by its behaviour and its political decisions the survival or the extinguishment of mankind and of the planet before the end of the 21st century[2]. In either case, the UN gives itself a globally normative task which would be, according to the UN, the only path for possible safety for the whole of mankind. Utopianism, alarmism and messianism become intermingled and strengthen each other mutually in today's UN vision on the eve of the adoption of its new global development program.

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Press Release | Surrogacy Motherhood debated at the Council of Europe - are Human beings a commodity?








Human beings, a commodity?
Surrogacy Motherhood leads to commercialisation of women and children, prices for Surrogacy Motherhood can range from 76,000 to 171,000 US $.

Brussels, 18 November 2015


On Monday 23 November the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will meet in Paris. Among the items on the agenda is a report on Surrogacy Motherhood, "Human Rights and ethical issues related to surrogacy"

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