In order to improve the representation of family interests on a European level, catholic family organizations from various European countries have joined together in the Federation of Catholic Family Organizations in Europe
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- Published on Friday, 06 December 2013 17:49
On 6 December FAFCE's President Antoine Renard addressed an open letter to the Members of the European Parliament regarding the Estrela Report due to be voted by the European Parliament on Tuesday 10th December:
"Dear Member of the European Parliament,
On Tuesday 10th December you and your colleagues will be invited to vote on the motion for a resolution presented by your colleague Mrs Edite Estrela (S&D) on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. As President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe, as a husband and father I wish to express my indignation with regard to this proposal.
The motion for a resolution strongly threatens the principle of subsidarity, on two levels.
First of all, any observer of the parliamentary procedure regarding this report can note how the basic rules of democracy are being trampled upon. After the referral to the committee voted by the plenary on 22 October, the President of the FEMM Committee proceeded by force, allowing no room for debate, nor for amendments to be tabled.
The European institutions do not benefit from much popularity among the citizens in the Member States and that can only evolve through the behaviour of those who are democratically elected to represent the citizens. The interests of lobby groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation seem to explain this lack of procedural respect, not the primary interest of the peoples of our continent.
Secondly, the report recommends direct interference in three areas which are not at all part of the EU competency but belong to the competency of the Member States and the citizens themselves:
The rights of parents, who are the first and primary educators of their children, are violated with regard to sexual education. Indeed, the report considers parents as “stakeholders” among others…
A « right to abortion » is promoted by the report although there is no EU competency on the matter, let alone any common understanding on this sensitive issue.
The report impedes on the right to conscientious objection for medical staff albeit this right is an indispensable guarantee as technological evolutions allow medicine to go ever further thus opening a slippery slope as regards the dignity of every person.
This report is not worthy of the European Union, it is not worthy of the citizens of the EU. Therefore I invite you to consider voting in favour of amendment 2 that fully respects the principle of subsidiarity, and to reject the resolution if this amendment is not adopted.
As European elections get closer we can assure you that families pay particular attention to your voting record and that they will keep it in mind as they go to vote in May 2014.
For a deeper understanding of our position you may find a list of 10 arguments in favour of the principle of subsidiarity, parental rights and human dignity below.
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- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:50
FAFCE updated its analysis of the Estrela Report: "A proposal unworthy of the EU, 11 reasons to vote against it followed by arising questions".
The analysis can be downloaded below.
The “Estrela Report” adopted once again: the Rights of Parents and the Protection of Children at risk due to pressure from radical lobbies
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- Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:48
Brussels, 26 November 2013
This morning the European Parliament Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) voted in favour of the report presented by MEP Edite Estrela on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”, following the referral by the plenary in October back to the Committee.
The vote was tight: 19 in favour, 14 against. The text was slightly modified prior to the vote but still remains critical with regard to the role of parents as the first and primary educators of their children as the report promotes sexual education inspired by a radical agenda including “early childhood masturbation”, to mention just one example.
The situation in the FEMM Committee this morning was puzzling. Before the vote the coordinators from the different political groups met behind closed doors as the procedure foresees. During the short time for remarks that preceded the vote in the Committee it appeared that a legal opinion on the procedure regarding the report had been presented by the European Parliament’s legal service. Through the different comments expressed it became clear that this legal opinion did not indicate clearly how the procedure should be conducted with regard to the vote. Due to the lack of clarity several MEP requested a vote on the postponement of the vote on the report. The result of that vote was very similar to the vote on the report itself, namely 15 in favour of a postponement, 18 against.
The next step should now be a vote in the plenary and the report is already present on the draft agenda for the plenary in December.
FAFCE that has followed this report very closely since its initial phase remains vigilant and invites fathers and mothers across the EU to contact their MEP on this issue. The vote this morning showed that there is no common understanding on this topic among the Members of the European Parliament. The report still remains very critical and conveys a vision which is not that of mothers and fathers in Europe regarding the sexuality of their children. The vision that inspires this report is nothing else than the radical agenda of lobby groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation whose Europe director claimed in public having already contributed to the draft report on the very same afternoon it was made public to the members of the FEMM Committee. IPPF cooperates with the World Health Organisation that published the guidelines for sexual education which were the only reference of the Estrela report in terms of contents of sexual education, i.e. this reference was voted down this morning. Although it is no longer present in the text what lies behind this vision should be explained.
In its press statement from 2010 presenting the guidelines WHO claims that “experts say sexuality education should start from birth”. Moreover, “the special feature of the new guidelines, above and beyond the topic, is that they stress that sexuality education should start from a child’s birth. They also indicate which specific skills children and young people should acquire, and which attitudes should be promoted at specific age periods.”, according to Dr Gunta Lazdane, WHO’s Regional Adviser on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Europe. Anyone reading the blueprint of the guidelines will find that “early childhood masturbation” is part of the recommendations.
The influence of the radical agenda promoted by IPPF and the WHO, amongst others, does not fit with what parents want for their children. They know better than the WHO “experts” what is good for their children. The fact that this agenda has influenced the report really questions the democratic procedure and the respect for the interests of the citizens in the EU. With the upcoming European elections fathers, mothers and other educators are paying attention to how the democratically elected Members of the European Parliament stand up for transparency, subsidiarity and the right of children to be protected…
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