Dear friends,

Profesionales por la Ética, an organisation that has been working on the defence of human dignity and fundamental rights for 20 years now,  offers you, once again, a monthly selection of relevant worldwide news on the defence of human rights.

 

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Last January 15th the European Court of Human Rights handed down its decision in four pivotal religious freedom cases originating in theUnited Kingdom.

Although the Court held that the United Kingdomhad violated the right to freedom of religion under Article 9  of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of one of the applicants, Nadia Eweida, it dismissed the other three claims on violation of the right of conscience. This decision means that in Europe, Christian conscience is less important than LGBT and sexual orientation.  Now Christian conscience is under threat because of LGBT and sexual orientation in 47 Member States of the Council of Europe and 27 EU Member States. Having regard to the current developments on legal redefinition of marriage and family in several European countries this judgment show that, once the legal definition of marriage changed, there is no respect for personal conscience anymore.

You can read our press release on the issue here: http://wp.me/p2BQx7-4ym

FAMILY MAINSTREAMING  

Great success of the demonstration in Parisand other cities in defense of natural marriage las January 14th .  Nearly one million people met in Paris in favour of the maintenance of marriage between man and woman only; in favour of maintaining the current law regarding adoption (two people of the same sex cannot adopt) and in favour of restricting medically assisted procreation to couples (man and woman) only.

Watch this short video: http://www.profesionalesetica.org/category/general/page/5/# 

and the pictures here: http://www.tradi.free.fr/lamanifpourtous2013/index.php?show_heading=list&dir=lamanifpourtous2013&page_num=1

In the UK, the Catholic Bishops Conference  launched a campaign called Speak  out for Marriage in defense of marriage. However, las February 5th the House of Commons voted voted to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage inBritain.

CULTURE OF LIFE

The European Citizens’ Initiative «One of Us» (www.oneofus.eu) which asks the EU to end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health, was publicly supported by Pope Benedict XVI: I greet the Movement for Life and wish every success to the initiative called One of Us thank you! «so thatEurope may always be a place where every human being is protected in its dignity».

You can subscribe to the «One of Us» initiative here

As  PNCI (Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues) informed, last January 25th, a record crowd of hundreds of thousands braved frigid temperatures and snow in Washington, D.C. to attend the 40th March for Life to protest Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the US. Pro-life advocates of all ages, faith leaders, elected officials, students and families joined together to give a voice to the defenseless unborn child, calling for an end to abortion. Since the legalization of abortion on demand for all nine months in the United States, over 55 million children have been lost to abortion and countless women have suffered physically and psychologically. Pope Benedict XVI tweeted his support for the March, saying, «I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.»

You can read more about it here.

Good news from Irelandwhere Marie Fleming, who is terminally ill with multiple sclerosis  lost a landmark court case to allow her assisted suicide last February 8th . TheDivisional Court rejected Ms Fleming’s claims under the Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights.

The court said that it was impossible to liberalise the law on assisted suicide and at the same time protect vulnerable persons such as the aged, the disabled, the poor, the unwanted and others including those who were financially compromised who may be vulnerable to assisted suicide.

A written question set by Lord Alton at the UK Parliament has shown that millions of human embryos created for IVF pregnancies have been thrown away unused in the UK. Figures show that for every woman who conceives a child through in vitro fertilisation, 15 embryos are made, and almost half of them are discarded during or after the process. As a result, 93 per cent of all embryos created – more than 3.3 million in all – are never used to generate a pregnancy.
As Lord Alton said, ‘Most people wouldn’t have any idea about the numbers of embryos being created in that process and would also feel very uneasy about them being experimented on as well.’

You can read more about it here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255107/1-7-million-embryos-created-IVF-thrown-away-just-7-cent-lead-pregnancy.html#ixzz2KJlyVo5d

WORTH WATCHING

We strongly recommend you to have a look at the website of the Homemakers project. The Project seeks to capture on film the values and attitudes underpinning the lives of homemakers. To recognize the value of housework in creating a home, to promote housework as a profession, to create awareness that running a household requires training, just as in other professions, to counteract the current social pressure that restricts many people, especially women, from choosing a career compatible with their family, to foster freedom to choose and to support people whose professional choice is homemaking.

http://www.homemakersproject.com/

Leonor Tamayo

Head of International Area.

PROFESIONALES POR LA ÉTICA

ltamayo@profesionalesetica.org

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