FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

"VOTE FOR FAMILY 2014" - FAFCE launches pledge campaign for Family friendly policies ahead of the EU Elections!

Brussels, 26 April 2014

Today FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, and its Members launch an EU wide campaign calling for family friendly EU policies ahead of the European Elections. The campaign Vote for Family 2014 will be run in all EU Members States, and aims at encouraging candidates for the European Elections to promote family friendly policies if elected. Candidates will be invited to sign the Vote for Family Manifesto and their names will be published on 15 May, the International Day of the Family.

A website dedicated to the campaign is launched today: www.voteforfamily2014.eu. It presents FAFCE’s Elections manifesto in all EU languages.

A video presents the campaign in a nutshell.

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The resolution adopted by the European Parliament replacing the proposal of the Estrela Report

On 10 December 2013 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights". This text is the alternative resolution that substitutes the proposal of the portugese MEPEdite EStrela. The resolution was adopted by 334 votes in favour, 327 against and 35 absentions.

In the resolution the European Parliament defines the exclusive competence of the Member States in this area, as was also underlined in the press release of the European Parliament following the vote: "MEPs say sexual and reproductive health and rights are matter for member states".

Read more: The resolution adopted by the European Parliament replacing the proposal of the Estrela Report

The Estrela Report is back on the table - European parents expect the EP to act democratically

On 22 October a European Parliament report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” (SRHR) was referred back to the Committee on Womens’ Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). It is indeed an exception for an initiative report, i.e. a report initiated by the Parliament itself, to be referred back to the competent committee as was the case with the report presented by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela. Exceptional was also the number of amendments tabled for this report in the plenary vote. These facts point to the clear divide on the contents of the report within the EP, and the extremely vivid debate at the moment of the vote on 22nd October also illustrated that the issue of "SRHR", that is subject to subsidiarity, is an explicit overstepping of the mandate of the EU in this case represented by the democratically elected MEP.

Read more: The Estrela Report is back on the table - European parents expect the EP to act democratically

"Early Childhood Masturbation" for 0-4 years old as part of sexual education supported by the European Parliament?

Today the European Parliament will vote a motion for a resolution on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Regarding Sexual Education, it refers to the report of the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe and the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) entitled ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: A framework for policy makers, educational and health authorities and specialists’ , published in 2010.  This is the sole reference included in the motion for a resolution. FAFCE considers this approach unworthy of all children in the EU, as well as deeply disrespectful of their parents who are the first and primary educators of their children. The motion for a resolution nevertheless only refers to the parents as "other stakeholders".

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