FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Cooperating for Human Dignity

Relaunch of the Human Dignity Working Group

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“The infinite dignity of every human being is routinely denied across all stages of life, from conception until natural death. Therefore, the concept of human dignity must be further explored, in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the many cultural aspects which play a role in it, such as for example recognizing the contribution of Europe’s Christian heritage”.

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Surrogacy: the slippery slope towards 'the right to a child'

Rocio Franch Oviedo

 

SURROGACY

 

In recent years, courts across Europe and, in particular, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have been following a trend in favour of accepting surrogacy in relation to the "child's best interests”. In most cases, the Courts accept surrogacy, stating that it is better for a child to have a ‘known couple’ ready to take care of him than an unknown mother, even if the couple has been refused by an adoption processes.

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Press Release | Lack of Conscientious Objection Clause for Medical Staff in Sweden - Decision of the European Committee of Social Rights

Brussels, 18 June 2015

Contrary to Resolution 1763 adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 10 October 2011, Medical Staff in Sweden have no legal right to conscientious objection in case of ethically sensitive issues which occur particularly at the beginning and the end of life. The European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) which has a participatory status with the Council of Europe submitted a collective complaint against Sweden in 2013 based on the above grounds and the right to health, together with the Swedish organisations Provita and Christian Medical Doctors and Students (KLM). The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights was made public today.

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Press Release | Rights of late abortion survivors to be considered by Council of Europe Body

Brussels, 29 April 2015

 (From right to left: Grégor Puppinck (ECLJ), Mark Neville (Head of Private Office) & Philippe Toussaint (FAFCE) Photo Credit: ECLJ)

Signed by more than 185,000 citizens, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) formally received the "Petition for the rights of new-borns surviving their abortion", deciding to forward it to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

This is the largest petition ever presented to the PACE and it is an important first step that marks the beginning of the legal and political investigation of the petition by the parliamentarians. The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human rights is now called to express its view on the importance of discussing the sensitive issue of new-borns surviving to an abortion.

 

 (From right to left: Grégor Puppinck (ECLJ), Mark Neville (Head of Private Office) & Philippe Toussaint (FAFCE) Photo Credit: ECLJ)

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PRESS RELEASE | 2/3 of EU Parliament Committee ignore over 40 000 citizens calling for no EU support to abortion... the mobilisation continues!

Brussels, 21 January 2015

Over 40 000 citizens calling on the European Parliament to not adopt any provision in favour of EU support for abortion, an issue on which there is no EU competence, were ignored by two thirds of the EU Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality as it adopted the annual European Parliament report on the equality between women and men in the European Union – 2013 presented by Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella from the Socialists and Democrats group on 20 January. 

Despite some positive points, the adopted text still includes the very same paragraph which tens of thousand of citizens requested to be removed, but with an even stronger emphasis on a "right to abortion" and with an extention to SRHR. 

The mobilisation of citizens from across the EU will continue, inviting the Members of the European Parliament to reaffirm the position already adopted in December 2013 when the European Parliament rejected the so called Estrela Report on “Sexual and reproductive health and rights” (SRHR). In its place the Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution that reaffirmed the principle of subsidiarity and clearly stated that “the formulation and implementation of policies on SRHR and on sexual education in schools is a competence of the Member States”.

 
The message is clear: the EU is not competent to take a position on the issue of abortion, it is a national competence and by no means something to be decided on in Brussels. For this reason any reference to the abortion issue should be removed from the text.
 
In less than one week a citizens petition launched by FAFCE has already gathered over 50 000 signatures from citizens who ask the EU Parliament to not support a "right to abortion". FAFCE President Antoine Renard notes that these citizens "count on the Members of the European Parliament to respect the principle of subsidiarity and not overstep the competence of the EU".

The many signatures demonstrate the need for subsidiarity on this issue. FAFCE therefore calls on citizens to continue to make their voice heard and send a strong and united signal in favour of human life and respect for its dignity to the European Parliament ahead of the vote that will take place during the European Parliament plenary in March.


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