UK Parliament calls ISIS atrocities genocide. April 20th.London, the United Kingdom’s House of Commons passed a historic motion Wednesday calling the violence perpetrated by ISIS in Syria and Iraq genocide. United Kingdom joints with this motion to the ones from US and European Parliament.

​'Wombs for Hire' defeated at CoE, on the HCCH agenda this week. March 15th. The Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development Committee formed by 81 representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected on a discussion held strictly in camera a draft report on Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy. The Council of Europe (CoE) brings together parliamentarians from 47 Member States. This decision implies that neither the commercial nor altruistic surrogacy is seen as legitimate regarding women’s human rights.

House backs genocide label for Christians under ISIS. March 14th. The U.S. House of Representative voted Monday to declare that what is happening to Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East is genocide. The term “genocide” is significant because, although it may not be legally binding to the countries or authorities who use it, it carries a moral significance and could compel countries, and ultimately the United Nations Security Council, to act.

Over two million ask for Romania´s Constitution amendment against same-sex marriages. Februray 26th.Romania’s Coalition for Family has gathered more than 2.16 million signatures, 10 per cent of Romania's population in support of an initiative to amend the Constitution to only allow the marriage between men and women and, implicitly, ban same-sex marriages.

Ohio Gov. Kasich signs bill to defund Planned Parenthood. February 22nd. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions.

Italy excludes gays adoption. February 23rd. Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi will drop a proposed measure that would have let gays adopt the biological children of their partners.

Left prevails in Portugal with gay adoption and easy abortion. February 12nd. The Socialist-Communist majority in the Portuguese Parliament has liberalized the country’s abortion laws granted same-sex couples the ability to adopt children. It had to override the presidential veto to do it.

European Parliament Recognizes Isis Killing of religious minorities as Genocide. February 4th.  The European Parliament unanimously passed a resolution on recognizing the Islamic State militant group’s (ISIS) systematic killing and persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East as a genocide.

Brazilian bishops reject push to expand abortion to Zika virus cases. February 4th. In its first statement related to the health crisis sparked by the Zika virus, the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion.”

Hundreds of thousands attend `Family Day´in Rome. January 30th. Rome’s Circus Maximus was the site of a massive rally against a proposed law which would allow same-sex unions across the country of Italy. Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ a week ahead of a vote which could allow same-sex couples to legally enter into civil unions. If passed, the legislation would grant same-sex couples - as well as non-married couples of the opposite sex - the same legal rights as married couples of the opposite sex. Among the legal allowances would be the adoption of a child by the same-sex partner of his or her parent.  

Madrid rejects legalization of euthanasia. January 21st. 
The Assembly of Madrid rejected the non-law proposal from Podemos that meant to ask the Spanish Government  to decriminalize euthanasia. The Popular Party got the support of the Ciudadanos Party to introduce an amendment that removed every mention to euthanasia and its euphemism, so called ¨dignified death¨. The proposal by Popular and Ciudadanos parties, finally approved by unanimity in the House, suggest some measures to enhance the palliative care unit´s  resources among the public health-care system.

Obama vetoes Obamacare repeal bill. January 8th. 

​President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The measure would have barred federal money for Planned Parenthood, something conservatives in Congress vowed to do after a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group last year triggered a controversy about the sale of fetal tissue.

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