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Council of Europe passes resolution with pro abortion language

27 June 2008

Council of Europe passes resolution with pro-abortion language Strasbourg, Friday, 27 June 2008 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has said that the Council of Europe is out of control, after its parliamentary assembly today approved a resolution which contains pro-abortion language.

The resolution and its accompanying report on abandonment at birth promotes "legal and easier access to sexual rights and reproductive health services" such as "contraception and abortion".

John Smeaton, SPUC national director, said: "What kind of world do politicians live in where they call for the abortion of children in order to avoid their abandonment at birth? Quite apart from the cruel fate of the children aborted, this policy will result in the abandonment of the mothers who are being aborted, and the continuation of the social problems which the report claims to address. "The resolution's title describes abandonment as the first form of violence yet this is untrue. The first form of violence is abortion. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines children as every human being under the age of 18. It calls for protection before as well as after birth. "The Council of Europe is out of control. Assembly members appear completely out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Europeans, who will be appalled that such a resolution has been pushed through. We must spread the message far and wide - that the Council of Europe thinks that child abandonment can be solved by killing the children to be abandoned - with a view to addressing this serious situation in one of Europe's major debating chambers. "Of the assembly's 636 members, just 65 attended the debate and only 40 voted. This is a sad reflection on what Europe in general thinks of the rights of the unborn." The resolution was approved by 39 votes to one. Despite promises to the contrary the report was not taken on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis. Six amendments were proposed and accepted. Mr Michael Hancock, a British member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, presented a report which formed the basis of the resolution. He said the law meant nothing if the most vulnerable (the newborn) were not protected. The report and resolution were intended: * to raise awareness of the issue of abandonment * to protect the interests of the child * to ensure that every born child had the right to live and be given a decent chance to achieve his or her potential. John Smeaton commented: "These are noble sentiments, but they ignore the unborn. Worse, the resolution contains language which puts them in even greater danger than at present. The assembly's resolutions can have significant influence on law, in particular human rights law." Mr Patrick Buckley of Dublin, Ireland, spent the last few days lobbying for SPUC in Strasbourg.


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