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Is There Hope For The Unborn Child With Disability In Europe?

  Alice Neffe, Legal Counsel for ADF International Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, 80 to 90 per cent in Norway, and

Children’s well-being is promoted by the Council of Europe

  Roxana Stanciu “The children are afraid when there’s a knock at the door. They fear they’ll be taken away again,” says Jaquline tearfully, in broken Norwegian, recounting her battles with Norwegian Child Welfare Services (known as

Christian persecution is happening in Europe. The European Parliament is asked to act on it.

  Roxana Stanciu “We get to talk about [intolerance against Christians] around the world, not paying any attention to the fact that on our own doorsteps and on our own streets, there is christianophobia and intolerance….  We need to start saying:

Gender is not a social construct, even if the Istanbul Convention says so

  Roxana Stanciu What if you knew that you had been born as ‘gender neutral’ and not as a ‘male’ or ‘female’? What if you knew that you could freely choose your gender any time you want, simply by opting for one or another? What if you were told

A disturbing decision by the EU’s Court of Justice redefines the term ‘spouses’

  Roxana Stanciu In a June 5th decision in Coman and Others v. Romania, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment that all EU member states need to recognize the ‘right of residence’ of same-sex couples (those with at

The Future of Europe: setting sail for a more democratic Union?

Admin Althoughthe State of the Union, the speech in which the President of the European Commission outlined his vision for a European Union post-2025, was delivered in September 2017, the debate is still ongoing. When President Juncker took

Ireland chooses abortion: a sad history

  Roxana Stanciu “We made history!” was the shout of ‘joy’ of pro-abortion campaigners in the Republic of Ireland when the final results of last week’s referendum on abortion were confirmed. The referendum, held on the 25thof May, asked voters

“Without family, Europe will not exist for long”, MEP says

  Roxana Stanciu The 15thof May marked the International Day of Families. This year’s theme was “Families and inclusive societies” which focused on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. The International Day of

Making an impact in public life through training and engagement

  Roxana Stanciu We strongly believe that if we want a better Europe, we must be engaged and promote the values that we stand for. This is why providing training programmes created especially for stakeholders who are active in public life in

Make your voice heard in Europe!

  Roxana Stanciu May 9thmarked Europe Day, an annual celebration of the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, presented by the French foreign minister in 1950. The Declaration aimed at bringing peace and unity in Europe and making war between

Pro-life Advocates in Ireland: Google is Rigging the Referendum

  Roxana Stanciu Google announced on May 9th that it would ban all advertising related to the Irish abortion referendum from its platforms. The company said the decision followed its “update around election integrity efforts globally” and that it

Ireland, keep protecting mothers and babies!

  Roxana Stanciu "I know if I lived in a country where abortion was freely available, in a situation where I got the news that I got about Grace, the expectation would have been there for us to terminate [the pregnancy]. I think that expectation

40 MEPs urge Romanian politicians to honour public support for a marriage referendum

  Roxana Stanciu Romanian politicians continue to take no action despite 3 million Romanian citizens who signed a petition two years ago calling for a referendum on marriage.  This unprecedented situation where millions of voices are being

Europe is active in the pro-life arena despite a rapidly progressive climate

  Daniel Sveen In Manchester, England, a group of 14-year-old girls were on their way to an abortion clinic. However, as they arrived at the location, they were met by pro-life activists who wanted to have a conversation about their impending

Is the European Parliament really upholding fundamental rights?

  Roxana Stanciu The European Parliament adopted its Annual Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU on March 1, 2018. The report – which is viewed as a critical instrument in upholding these rights in the EU – focuses on specific

Are democracy, freedom of speech, and religious freedom threatened in Romania?

  Roxana Stanciu Through a Citizens’ Initiative, over three million people in Romania expressed their desire to hold a referendum on marriage. EDW focused attention on these efforts in October 2017. The Citizens’ Initiative saw the strongest

Training leaders for a better Europe: the European Advocacy Academy

  Roxana Stanciu “We need professional, engaged, and motivated young people in public life. It is very important to have people who want to change the future of Europe.” Andreas Thonhauser (Austria) “This Academy teaches people to talk to

Advancing abortion in the name of the ‘right to life’: Yes, this is happening.

  Roxana Stanciu Promoting abortion under the ‘right to life’ seems like a contradiction in terms. But it is precisely what the United Nations Human Rights Committee is pursuing. Despite strong international resistance, the Committee has formally

Can humans be a custom-designed product? Technology says ‘yes’.

  Roxana Stanciu “Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside the folder is an embryo menu. Each embryo has a description. (…) There are

Victims of human trafficking need to be heard

  Roxana Stanciu “I have a decent education, I’m physically fit. It’s a `How could this happen to me?´ sort of thing. It’s really, really difficult for people to understand that it could happen to anybody. It just requires somebodies’

Euthanasia — in the name of love, dignity and freedom?

  Roxana Stanciu “I am a disabled person and I don’t back the ‘right to die’ for one very important reason.” This is the title of an important new article published in The Independent on the 5th of October.  The author, James Moore, suffers from

Unprecedented popular support for a Citizens’ Initiative in Romania and at the EU level. Is it being ignored?

  Roxana Stanciu Through a Citizens’ Initiative, over three million people in Romania have expressed their desire to have a referendum on marriage. This is the strongest support ever expressed for any such initiative in the modern history of the

Spanish Bill that threatens fundamental freedoms advances

  Roxana Stanciu Minors will be able to have sex reassignment surgery without the consent of their parents. Homosexuals and transsexuals would be prohibited from reverting to their biological sex. And a political body would be in charge of

Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish law

  Roxana Stanciu Censorship, curbs on self-expression and communications that might be considered offensive, heavy fines for expressing views that could be interpreted as degrading, and having to prove one’s innocence if accused of

The New EU Censorship

  Roxana Stanciu What if your opinions with regards to human dignity, human rights, marriage, and the family were considered offensive or insulting? What if they were considered ‘hate speech’? Should you still be able to express them online? Not

‘Google Babies’ – A Violation of Human Dignity

  Roxana Stanciu   A 2011 documentary, “Google Baby”, provided a glimpse of the growing ‘baby-making’ business across the world. In one scene, customers of an Israeli entrepreneur select their preferred sperm and eggs online. The frozen

Human Trafficking in the EU: Nothing Less Than Modern-Day Slavery

  Roxana Stanciu   According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime: “People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for

Are We Allowed to End Someone’s Life in Order to Avoid Suffering?

  Roxana Stanciu In September 2016, a minor was intentionally killed in Belgium. This was the first time such a case had been reported. According to the Belgian press, the minor was 17 years old, had an incurable disease, and was suffering

Gender Activists Alarmed: New Report on the "Anti-Gender Mobilizations in Europe" by Left-Wing Think Tank

  Gabriele Kuby   The world-wide operating Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the intellectual activist centre of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) which presently governs Germany in a coalition with the Christian Democratic Party under

Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts. Suspend EU Funding Now!

Two undercover videos published by the Center for Medical Progress (July 15 and July 21) recently revealed the shocking news that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), part of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF),

Commission VP Timmermans Mocks Neutrality Duty by Siding With LGBT Lobby

What is the duty and mandate of the First Vice-President of the European Commission? A closer look at the misconduct of an unbalanced “relationship” between Mr. Timmermans and ILGA-Europe. Recent statements by Frans Timmermans, First

Conscientious Objection Strengthened: Spanish Constitutional Court Rules Against Recommendation of Commission On `Morning-After-Pill´

An important ruling regarding the protection of the conscience rights of pharmacists in Spain was issued July 8 by Spain’s Constitutional Court. The decision strengthens the right of pharmacists who refuse to sell the “morning after pill” on the

No Culture of Dialogue Between the State and Religion - “European Charter for Secularism”

On June 30 MEP Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL) and Francsico Delgado (President of the Spanish association “laicismo.org”) gave a press conference in the European Parliament in which they presented a “European Charter for Secularism and Freedom of

“EU Gender Budgeting” to Mainstream Abortion?

In a meeting of the Committee on Women´s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) held June 16, a study of the EU budget for gender equality was presented. The Committee confirmed what had already been stressed in a report on the EU Strategy for

High EPP Abstentions Responsible for Adoption of Noichl Report. An Analysis of the Vote

On June 9, the European Parliament adopted the Report on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015. Its supporters claim this was the result of a “very progressive majority in this Parliament”. But a closer analysis of the vote

Noichl Report Adopted! EP Votes for Abortion and Sexual Education Programmes in Schools

The European Parliament today [9 June 2015] adopted the FEMM Report on the Strategy for equality between women and men post-2015, presented by its rapporteur Maria Noichl (S&D), and rejected the alternative report offered by the EPP. The EPP’s

Estrela Revisited: Noichl Report Calls for Aggressive Sex Ed Programmes, Abortion, and Medically-Assisted Reproduction

  On the occasion of a plenary session on June 9, the EU Parliament is asked to vote on the so-called ‘Noichl report’ (2014/2152(INI)) on the ‘EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015’. This report – named after its

Life-Long Re-Education – Thanks to European Strategy for “Gender Equality”

A new European strategy for “gender equality” is emerging. As outlined at the high-level hearing, “Forum on the Future of Gender Equality in the EU”, organized in April by the Commission’s Directorate-General of Justice, the overall goal of the

Open Letter to Mr Schulz, President of the European Parliament on Ireland’s Marriage Refrendum

Dear Mr President, As you might be aware of, the Irish citizens will vote this Friday 22 May in a referendum aimed at amending the Irish Constitution so as to redefine marriage as being between any two persons, regardless of their sex.

EU Member States May Restrict Or Totally Prohibit Sale of ‘Morning-After-Pill’ ellaOne

Brussels -- In January of this year, the European Commission urged Member States to act according to a decision which allowed the prescription-free sale of ellaOne, a contraceptive with an abortifacient effect. As a result, many countries – among

Pressure on Juncker Grows to Drop the Dangerous 'Equality' Directive

PRESS RELEASE On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability (3 December), more than 100 organisations representing several million citizens in EU Member States are calling upon the President of the European Commission,

History Repeats Itself: How Secularists Dream Their World at the European Parliament

The European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics (EPPSP), whose Advisory Board is composed of 11 different European NGOs, met November 12 to set their objectives for the next five years of the new legislature. Calling for a “right to

The Missing Link Between Binding European Law and the Political Will

Last week the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the European Commission presented reports on their respective annual activities regarding human rights during the first meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Mandatory 'Gender Training' for Senior EU Officials?

The European Parliament’s corridors are crowded again after the summer vacation and the first committee sessions have already taken place last week. While members have been mostly occupied with polite welcoming speeches, setting up meeting

Juncker's Vision of Fundamental Rights in Europe

There is no doubt that President Jean-Claude Juncker’s election on 15 July 2014 as President of the European Commission is a milestone in the evolution of the EU and that it might set the stage for a federalist turn in EU governance. Although he

Trading Away European Democracy: The European Parliament and Commission Presidencies

European top jobs are being appointed these days. On Friday, 27 June, Jean-Claude Juncker, was nominated by leaders of EU Member States to be the next President of the European Commission. Only David Cameron and Viktor Orbán — Prime Ministers of

The Forming of the New European Parliament: A Brief Analysis

For the eighth time in the history of the EU, citizens went to the polls to choose their representatives in the European Parliament (EP). The newly elected Parliament will influence – within the boundaries of its increased but still limited

We Want Human Rights for All, Not Special Rights for Some

Although reason prevailed at the recent vote on sexual and reproductive health (Estrela Report) at the European Parliament, the next attempt of lobby-driven politics is already on the agenda. With the “Lunacek Report”, special rights and

Dubious Tactics Used to Push Through ESTRELA

The controversial Estrela Report continues to advance, though the reasons for this have less to do with broad support than with machinations and manipulations that are going on behind the scenes. According to various sources in the European

Croatia: Overwhelming majority votes for constitutional recognition of natural marriage

Croatia opened its ballot boxes on Sunday—and citizens across the country demonstrated broad consensus on a crucial and fundamental question facing society: Should society entirely give up on the natural marriage as the cornerstone of civilization,

Update: Estrela Report Adopted in Committee – Back on the Plenary Agenda for December 10

The Estrela Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, promoting compulsory sex education for toddlers and a right to abortion, was just adopted in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) of the European

The Estrela Report: promoting compulsory sex education for toddlers and a right to abortion, and calling for restrictions on conscientious objection

The scandalous Estrela Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is back on the agenda! After heated debate, it was referred back to the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) by the october plenary session of the European

Referendum in Croatia About the Definition of Marriage

Over 750,000 Croatian citizens have asked parliament to call a referendum on a constitutional provision that would clearly define marriage in the Croatian constitution as “a life union of a woman and a man”. It is the first time in the 22 years

Commissioner Reding's New Power Grab

Just when you thought it was safe to relax, bureaucrats in Brussels have announced plans to expand the European Commission’s powers over the judicial matters of EU Member States. Under the pretext of defending and strengthening the “rule of law”,

Victory: European Parliament Stands for Human Dignity. ESTRELA Report Not Adopted.

In a loud and lively debate that is not often seen in this intensity at the European Parliament, a majority of MEPs voted for a referral back to committee of the highly controversial ESTRELA report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Worldwide Support for Russia's Child Protection Law

Human rights organizations from around the globe have signed a statement in support of the law on the protection of children from disturbing sexual propaganda in Russia.The country has been heavily attacked by some small, but very vocal LGBT

Sexual Expressionism and the Immiseration of Women

On Thursday, April 23, as France voted for the legalization of sex-same marriage despite months-long mass protests, Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University School of Law affirmed that such “sexual expressionism” cannot lead to true

While France Is on the Streets...Give Us Benefits, Benefits, Benefits! Part Five

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families that are denied official recognition can miss out on many benefits such as common income tax computations or other benefits that are made available to heterosexual families when a family member

ECHR: "Obsessive Political Correctness" Trumps Freedom of Conscience

Today, the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights has issued an important ruling on freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. While it contains some positive language regarding the wearing of religious symbols, the ruling is

Democracy Has Prevailed!

Dr. Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner-designate for Health and Consumer Protection, was approved this morning at 12:40 CET by the European Parliament. A majority of 386 to 281 against (and 28 abstentions) endorsed the Commissioner who had been

A Model of Tolerance and Open-Mindedness?

  “We are what is considered a ‘traditional’ married couple with children. We find ridiculous and offensive claims by some clergy, and the so-called ‘defenders’ of traditional family values, that the legal recognition of same-sex

No Freedom of Movement for LGBT Persons?

“Many EU countries have laws recognising same-sex marriage and registered partnerships, but most do not recognise each others’ laws. For example, two lesbians are married in Belgium. To continue to benefit from the rights, responsibilities

Modern Thought Crimes - Or Simply A Different View - Part Two

Text on the poster: “A number of European countries legally recognise same sex partners and have introduced laws allowing them to marry or register their unions. These laws differ from country to country and provide different levels of

Parliament Votes for Abortion as a Means to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the HIV/AIDS resolution, on which we reported last week. Unfortunately, all bad passages were adopted. The resolution calls for “safe and legal” abortion as a means of HIV/AIDS prevention. In other

Large Majority Of Children In Europe Live With Married Parents

  Eurostat presents report on Living arrangements in the EU27. The message is clear and does away with ideological prejudices: Three out of four children in the EU27 lived with married parents in 2008. One child in seven lived in a

Austrian Ban on Using Sperm and Ova Donation for in Vitro Fertilisation no Breach of the Convention

  [Strasbourg, ECtHR] In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case S. H. and Others v. Austria (application no. 57813/00), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been no violation of

Tell the European Commission: No Forced EU-Wide Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage!

  The European Commission is pushing for “automatic mutual recognition” of public documents in all EU Member States. Among them are marriage and adoption documents. Automatic recognition, as practical as it may seem at first a glance,

European Court of Justice Soon to Recognize the Right to Life From Conception Onwards?

Advocate General at the ECJ, Yves Bot, published today his opinion on a case about the legitimacy of the patentability of human embryos. The statement is clear: Cells that have the ability to develop into a human being (totipotent cells) are to

European Parliament Promotes 'Right to Safe Abortion'

In time for the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day on March 8, the European Parliament passed two reports this week at its plenary session in Strasbourg on the equality of women. Both reports—the Report on reducing health

EU Foreign Ministers Struggle to Clearly Condemn Persecution of Christians

At yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Council Meeting, the Ministers agreed on a Conclusion on intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief. The Conclusion was prepared after a great deal of controversy erupted during

EU Foreign Ministers: Condemnation of Violence Against Christians is Politically Incorrect

At their recent meeting in Brussels on January 31st, the EU Foreign Ministers rejected a draft resolution condemning the atrocities against Christian minorities in Egypt and Iraq. Although preceded by an unequivocal resolution of the European

European Parliament Warns Lithuania Not to Be ‘Homophobic’

On Thursday, 19th of January, at the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that condemns a change of law in Lithuania that would allow for a fine for public promotion of homosexual relations. Once

European Commission ‘Forgot’ Christian Feasts in an Official European Diary

In a 28 Million Euro project, the European Commission has ordered the creation of a European Diary which contains a wide range of information about the European Union. The young target group of the diary can learn about the functioning of the

ABC vs. Ireland: European Court of Human Rights Decides On Abortion Case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided on December 16th the case of A.B.C. vs. Ireland [25579/05] in which three unnamed women (A, B and C) claimed a right to abortion under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The

OSCE: Historic Inclusion of Anti-Discrimination Legislation as Possible Threat to Religious Freedom

At a recent Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting concerning Freedom of Religion or Belief, the OSCE specifically included Christians in Europe as part of their concern to safeguard religious freedom in the participating states. The

European Court of Human Right: Same-Sex Marriage is No Human Right

The five-judge panel of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, meeting on 22 November 2010, rejected the referral request relating to the case of Schalk and Kopf v. Austria (application no. 30141/04) submitted by the

“Principle of Equality” to Overrule Fundamental Freedoms

The European Union is about to set a milestone in anti-discrimination legislation – by widening the scope to all sectors of life, including the private one. A new horizontal principle to prohibit discrimination on various grounds, including