European Parliament Rejects Bill Declaring Abortion a Fundamental Human Right (for now)

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Some welcome news from the European continent, and a collective sigh of relief for the thousands of lives that will be saved, for now.. Why the abortion rights advocates and some European leaders pushed for a vote that would declare abortion as a human right is perplexing, when, if you look at the photo at the bottom of this post, aside from Ireland, where abortion is legal when the life of the mother is threatened, the rest of the countries make it very easy and lawful to terminate the life of one’s child. The draft is full of condemnations of countries that do not have unrestricted abortions (see examples below video). has been working with the public, in petitioning the EU MEP’s to vote against this resolution which not only promotes abortion, but infringes on the laws already in place in the EU member countries-

You can read the EU resolution that was voted upon here: “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” (SRHR). This resolution promotes abortion as a fundamental right, attacks the right to conscientious objection, the rights of parents, and calls on the European Union to fund abortion in its Foreign and Development Aid Policy.  This text calls for more abortions and less rights for conscientious objectors and parents; it recommends nothing in relation to the prevention of abortion or support for pregnant women. Read more at

Video of the EU Parliament Vote

VIDEO by Antoine Pasquier

Although the resolution was described as non binding, you can see that in the details, the resolution is aiming to override the sovereign borders of the member countries where abortions does have some restrictions in place. Here is part of the draft resolution in greater detail, from

–          It condemns “the abuse of conscientious objection” (§G) in relation to abortion and calls on Member States to “regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection” (§11).  According to the explanatory report “There are cases [of conscientious objection] reported from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ireland and Italy where nearly 70% of all gynaecologists and 40% of all anaesthesiologists conscientiously object to providing abortion services.” (p.12 & 13)

–          It condemns “medically unnecessary waiting periods” that is to say a period of reflection between the request for an abortion and the abortion itself.

–          It condemns the “overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits” to abortion in Ireland, Malta and Poland (§G).

–          It claims that abortion is a human right guaranteed by international law. (§7, 10)

–          It maintains that adolescents have a “right to confidentiality” as regards sexual and reproductive health: this implies that parents would be deprived of their rights when their daughter is pregnant (§14).

–          It invites Member States to ensure compulsory sexual education for all children even outside of school (§15).  This sexual education “must include the fight against stereotypes and prejudices, shed light on gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and structural barriers to substantive equality.” (§16)

–          It calls on the EU to finance abortion in poor countries through the European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 (§22) and calls on the EU to incorporate the “SRHR”, which includes abortion, in the framework for European development cooperation (§23) on the grounds “that investments in reproductive health and family planning” would be “among the most cost-effective, in terms of development, and the most effective ways to promote the sustainable development of a country.” (§21)

The report from Life Site News:

The European Parliament today rejected a report that recommended that EU nations declare abortion to be a human right and to make abortion available within all public health systems of member countries. Adoption of the report would have placed more pressure on pro-life nations like Ireland, Poland and Malta to legalize abortion on demand. (Photo credit, on right

“The report states that 20 member nations permit abortion on demand (generally with a gestational limit). Of the seven remaining nations, three have very liberal restrictions regarding abortion while three nations will perform abortions only under more limited circumstances,” says pro-life analyst Nora Sullivan. “The measure the European Parliament is now considering contains no limits regarding gestational age – leaving open the possibility of elective-abortion-until-day-of-birth as a human right. Doubly disturbing are the severe infringement on conscience protections of physicians (specifically gynecologists and anesthesiologists) that are proposed.”

“This measure claims to be a human rights issue yet it fundamentally ignores the human rights of the three key people involved in this tragic act.  It ignores the most basic right, the right to life, of the baby at the center of the whole issue.  It ignores women’s real needs by hiding them behind the iron curtain of abortion rhetoric.  And it ignores the conscience of the doctor, who is being asked to end a human life after spending years training how to preserve it,” Sullivan said. “The European Union should not be asking physicians to suppress their consciences; it should be trying to find its own.”

After the voting was complete, 351 MEPs voted to send the pro-abortion bill back to committee while 319 voted against the move to zap the legislation.
The report asserts that currently, in countries where abortion is legal, it is often rendered unavailable due to physicians’ “abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits.”

The proposed legislation seeks to require member nations to “regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection so as to ensure that reproductive health care is guaranteed as an individual’s right, while access to lawful services is ensured and appropriate and affordable referrals systems are in place.”

The report goes on to state, “There are cases reported from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ireland and Italy where nearly 70 per cent of all gynecologists and 40 per cent of all anesthesiologists conscientiously object to providing abortion services.”

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Sex trafficking up 18% in Europe (Reporting from Austria)

via Mission Network News

Your prayers are needed for Austria.

Operation Mobilization says plans to build Europe’s largest brothel are in the works. Called the „FunMotel,” a large-scale brothel on the outskirts of Vienna would service 1000 customers a day in nearly 150 rooms.

The Austrian businessman behind this project reportedly claims the FunMotel will transform the sex industry from „grocer to supermarket.” Along with decreasing the social stigma attached to prostitution and brothels, an increase in market demand will put more women at risk of sex trafficking.

Ask the Lord to intervene in this situation. Pray the brothel won’t be built.

According to an April report from the European Commission, human trafficking is on the rise in Europe. Trafficking went up 18% between 2008 and 2010; this could be „the tip of the iceberg,” though, according to some EU officials.

A „clear majority” of victims in the European Commission’s report, some 61 percent, hail from a European Union nation. Most claimed citizenship in Romania or Bulgaria, the two poorest EU states.

OM EAST, an OM team supporting churches throughout Eurasia, brings the hope of Christ to Vienna’s prostitutes. Their claims support this finding, stating on the OM EAST Web site that every second prostitute in Greece and Austria is from Romania.

To try and „turn the tide” of this massive injustice, OM EAST is networking with other agencies on preventative measures like outreaches, meetings in Eastern European churches and schools, and good literature projects to strengthen families.

Click here to learn more about the work of OM EAST and how you can come alongside their efforts.

Please pray for those caught in the hopeless web of sex trafficking. Pray that the light of Christ will shine into their lives through OM workers. Pray that more will be done to protect women from this evil.

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