FEATURED NEWS 2016
Mexico. November 9th: Congressional Committee rejected President Enrique Pena Nieto's proposal about the so called equal "marriage" with 19 votes against it, 8 in favor and 1 abstention. This proposal was rejected mainly by the political parties: PRI, PAN, PES and Nueva Alianza. PRI voted against the president's initiative because "they look for harmonizing instead of polarizing the society".
Mexico. September 10th. More than one million of Mexicans march to defend the family in 120 places among all country. The marches were called by the National Front for the Family and was the biggest citizen movement ever seen in Mexico. Is the social response to President Peña Nieto´s attempt to impose the same sex marriage.
Chile. September 7th. Chile´s Senate approves the law that allows abortion in three cases. The voting happened a few days after 100.000 Chileans marched in defense of human life.
Honduras. September 5th. Congress woman Waldina Paz presents a proyect to the Parlament to birth control families with two children and low resources. They offer a minimum salary, public housing access and discounts in electricity bills.
Panama. July 16th. After the successful march on July 13th, close to 100.000 persons participating, the government decided to freeze law 61 with promotes sexual and reproductive education in the schools. Nevertheless, the project continues through controversial sexual education guides.
European Court of Human Rights confirmed unanimously that right to homosexual marriage does not exist. June 9th. The Court reminds unanimously that the European Human Rights Convention does not include an alleged right for same sex couples, under the right to private and family life (art. 8) as well as under the right to get married and have a family (art. 12)
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. February 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 12th. 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.
FEATURED NEWS 2015
Slovenia rejects same-sex marriages in a referendum. December 20th. Parliament passed a law in March giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children but the measures have not been enforced because the civil society group For Children appealed to the top court, calling for a referendum. The constitutional court of Slovenia allowed the referendum to take place. Slovenians rejected same-sex marriage by a large margin in a referendum Sunday, with over 60% of the population voting against a bill which would have defined marriage as a union of two adults (63.4% against and 36.6% in favor).
European Parliament condemns surrogated motherhood. December 17th. The European Parliament in Brussels says surrogacy “undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity.” European leaders also consider it an urgent human rights matter and say gestational surrogacy “involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain,” especially the bodies “of vulnerable women in developing countries.”
Dominican Republic stop abortion legalization. December 4th. The Constitutional Court void the Penal Code´s reform that pretended to establish the legacy of abortion in cases of rape, baby's disability, incest o risk for the mother´s health. Dominican Republic experiments the debate that is also being discussed in other Ibero American societies about abortion legalization. Most of the region has laws that protect the right to live for the unborn. In six countries -Chile, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic-, the abortion is forbidden in all circumstances.
US Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood. December 3rd. The US Senate has voted a bill to defund about 80 percent of Planned Parenthood's federal funding. The bill passed the upper chamber on a 52-47 vote. The passage of the bill to send the Planned Parenthood defunding measure to President Obama's desk has been hailed as a major victory by pro-life groups.
US Congress votes to defund giant abortion provider "Planned Parenthood". September 18th. The House voted 241-to-187 to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in federal family planning funds for a year. Secretly filmed videos of Planned Parenthood staff in the U.S. harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies ignited protests in seven countries. In the US, the debate has been growing over the past months and five states have already defunded the organization. You can see an up-to-date interactive map of states who have defunded PP here and the results of the US Congress vote here.
British MPs voted overwhelmingly against changing the law to allow euthanasia. Sept 15th. In their first vote on the issue for about 20 years, the Commons rejected the assisted dying bill introduced by Rob Marris, a Labour MP who had argued that it was about ensuring peaceful deaths rather than euthanasia. However, opponents outnumbered supporters with 330 voting against and 118 in favour. Read more here.
The European Court of Human Rights prohibits use of embryos for research. Sept 15th. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgment in the Parrillo vs. Italy (Nr. 46470/11) refusing by 16 votes to 1 the case claiming to devote human embryos to be used in biomedical research, action prohibited by Italian law on artificial fertilization 40/2004. Read more here.
Uruguay Court Upholds Conscience Rights of Medical Professionals. August 11th. The Court of Administrative Litigation issued its final ruling in the case in favor of the claims presented by the gynecologists-obstetricians. According to the ruling, the ability to claim conscientious objection extends to those who work at any stage in the process of abortion.
Constitutional Court in Spain recognizes pharmacists' conscience rights. July 8th. Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection. The Court's finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constitution. Read more here.
United Nations Human Rights Council approves Resolution for the protection of the family. July 3rd. The Human Rights Council approved in Geneva a resolution calling for countries to take concrete steps to protect the family, described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.” for 29 votes in favor, 14 against, and 4 abstentions. Read more here.
Social scientist wins defamation lawsuit against LGBT Association in Poland. July 1st. Toruń, Poland: The District Court ruled on July 1st that the LGBT Association together with a group of its members have to apologize to American psychologist Dr. Paul Cameron for defamations that caused unjustified injury to his good name and academic reputation. Dr. Cameron is head of the Family Research Institute and author of many publications in the field of psychology and social science, Read more here.
US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.June 26th: The Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia. Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, warned, “Today the U.S. Supreme Court's decision forces the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex ‘marriage,’ regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution. Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.” Read more here.
Mexico Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. June 22nd: Mexico's Supreme Court quietly published an opinion, known as a jurisprudential thesis, ruling that defining marriage as a union only between a man and a woman is discriminatory and in violation of Mexico's constitution. The Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in all of the 31 states of Mexico. Same-sex marriage has been advancing steadily in Latin America. Argentina was the first to legalize it, in 2010, followed by Brazil and Uruguay. Others have been taking steps along this path.
European Court of Human Rights rules in favor of euthanasia. June 5th: The European Court of Human Rights issued its decision in the case of Lambert and others v. France ruling that French authorities could stop the artificial hyratation and nutrition of Victor Lambert, a 38-year-old quadriplegic patient. This means that a State may cause the death of a patient in a minimally conscious state and puts in risk the life of tens of thousands of patients in Europe. Read more here.
The European Parliament for Gender Ideology. June 9th: The Noichl Report, adopted by the European Parliament on June 9th, did not took into consideration the 85,000 people who joined the campaign #StopNoichlReport and signed the petition launched by Women of the World Platform. This report is about discriminating men, it basically wants to apply the term “gender” in all European legislation, to politicize universities by putting a gender chair and feminist research, to push WHO to withdraw gender identity disorders, and it promotes abortion as well. Read more.
Rome in defense of the Children. Italy, June 20th: over one million people took the streets in protest standing up to stop the gender ideology indoctrination through schools, to defend natural family, to defend the right of parents to educate their children and to promote the right of every child to have a mother and a father.
You can take a look at the photos here
Paris: huge demonstration against Surrogacy. June 18th: The mobilization in France by La Manif pour Tous was a big success. It shows the opposition of the French citizens to allow the registration of babies born from surrogacy on behalf of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on 2014 regarding the cases Mennesson v/ France and Labassee v/France.
Read more here and here.
Ireland's referendum on same-sex marriage. May 22nd: Ireland voted 62 percent to 38 percent in favor of same-sex marriage. The symbolic significance of the vote can hardly be missed. "The Yes side in the campaign has benefitted hugely from millions upon millions of American dollars. That money was not spent directly on the campaign, but it didn’t have to be. Instead, it was spent getting us to the point of the referendum. The money came from an American foundation called Atlantic Philanthropies, and it was used to turn the LGBT lobby into one of the most formidable lobbies the country has ever seen" (David Queen). Read more here.
Peru: Decriminalization of abortion archived in Congress. May 27th. Peruvian Congress filed the proposal to decriminalize abortion in case of rape with a vote of 4 in favor, 2 abstentions, and 1 against. “The Commission of Justice and Human Rights of Congress filed the Bill 3839 (decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape) in seeking to safeguard the health of the mother and the best interests of the unborn child,” declared the congressman, Julio Rosas. Read more here.
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