Wise Up Journal
In the article below you will read that the Council of Europe wants unrestricted abortion to be brought in to countries like Ireland . We in Ireland have had endless debates on the issues around abortion. A brief history of amendments to the Constitution reveal how this issue has caused endless heated debate and division. From “the right to life” to “the right to choose” all sides on the issues have put forward their case. It’s a complex issue with rape, incest, the health of the mother , the rights of the unborn, when does life begin, the right to travel, all coming into play.
The amendments are as follows:
The Eight Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1983 [Acknowledged the right to life of the unborn, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.]
Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1992 [Provided that Article 40.3.3 (the right to life of the unborn) would not limit freedom to travel between Ireland and another state.]
Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1992 [ Provided that Article 40.3.3 (the right to life of the unborn) would not limit freedom to obtain or make available information relating to services lawfully available in another state]
Finally the Twenty-fifth Amendment , On 6th March, 2002, [Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy] was put to the people and rejected.
It’s a highly emotive issue with no winners and anyone growing up in this country knows how we have struggled to come to some kind of common national consensus. Now however, the powers that be in the EU are trying to force their opinions down our throats, in their never ending quest for harmonization. Their mantra for “ever closer union” knows no bounds and seeks to destroy all levels of national and local self determination. If the Lisbon Treaty is passed the EU could enforce the recommendations from the Council of Europe bringing in unrestricted abortion while completely ignoring all the various issues that we have debated on, as the Lisbon treaty makes all national laws invalid if there are conflicts with EU laws. Whether you’re for or against abortion surely these matters must be decided at a national level.
Life Site News
By Hilary White
A committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has now officially recommended that those few countries in Europe that still restrict abortions should guarantee unrestricted access to abortion. The draft resolution from the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men says countries should “decriminalise abortion, if they have not already done so.” The Committee also recommended that sex education be made mandatory for young people.
The Committee criticised even those legal restrictions that did not specifically prohibit abortion, saying, “The repeated medical consultations required, the time allowed for changing one’s mind and the waiting time for the abortion all have the potential to make access to abortion more difficult, or even impossible in practice”.
The Council of Europe, distinct from the Council or Parliament of the European Union, does not have legal authority under European treaties to require compliance, but nonetheless is an influential part of the European legal machinery and its recommendations are taken seriously in member states and the drafting of EU laws.
Like most international and pan-European bodies, the Council of Europe is known among life and family advocates for its strong secularist bias and support for the full programme of the abortion and pan-sexualist movement and anti-Christian bias.