Tuesday 19 January 2010

Act now to defend life and family from Council of Europe reports

Pat Buckley of the European Life Network has alerted me to two anti-life and anti-family measures to be debated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg next week. Please read the information below fully and please act immediately.

The first measure is the report “Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity” by Andreas Gross, a member of the Socialist group. The Gross report will be debated on Wednesday 27 January. According to a memorandum by the European Centre for Law and Justice, the Gross report's promotion of radical homosexual rights threatens to damage:
  • the family
  • the higher interest of children*
  • States’ sovereign interest and right to protect public morality, family and the best interests of the child
The Gross report also attempts to:
  • create an artificial concept of the family and of marriage
  • require national legislations to recognise same-sex marriage or partnership
  • create a right to adopt a child.
The second measure is the report “Fifteen Years Since the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action” by Christine McCafferty, a veteran anti-life member of the British Labour party. The McCafferty report will be debated on Friday 29 January. The McCafferty report involves the promotion of abortion as a means of family planning and population control. A comprehensive memorandum on the critical issues involved in the McCafferty report has also been prepared by the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ).

Please contact the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from your country and ask them to reject these measures. Please copy any replies you receive to political@spuc.org.uk

*In Evangelium Vitae paragraph 97, Pope John Paul II taught that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.

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