Coming Persecution for Pro-Life Europeans?
by Nelson Hertel
September 20, 2017
Recent unsettling news from Europe should concern not only Europeans but all men of good will the world over. Breitbart News reports on a very-possible, imminent criminalization of those who would defend the rights of the unborn through the reduction of abortions and the denial of so-called “women’s rights.” This would begin in the European Union and (seemingly) spread universally.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has recommended to the European Parliament in an interim report on the progress of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, that Parliament recognize “that the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls.”
Parliament would also “guarantee comprehensive sexuality education, ready access for women to family planning, and the full range of reproductive and sexual health services, including modern contraceptive methods and safe and legal abortion.” The Committee has also asked Parliament to “combat sexism and stereotyped gender roles – promoting gender-neutral language and address the key role of media and advertising.”
The MEPs who produced the report have requested the European Commission to introduce legislation enforcing their recommendations. Fourteen member-states have already ratified the “radically progressive” Convention, which contains similar provisions.
One of the two main MEP’s responsible for the report, leftist Swede Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, stated: “This is a first victory; a major victory, and I’m very proud... I would like to highlight this because we live in a time of Putin and Trump, and the Istanbul Convention also introduces, for the first time, that gender equality, empowering women, educating girls, combating machoism/sexism, is part of our constant work... And we truly have a role in the European Union, I think, to take the lead… And we see what has happened in the United States, where funding (for UN-sponsored abortions overseas) has been withdrawn.”
Independent British MEP Steven Woolfe recognized: “This clause could effectively make it a criminal offence for anyone who believes in the reduction of abortion.” He went on to state: “If, for your political, religious, or other beliefs you believe in defunding an organisation like Planned Parenthood or similar bodies, because you think they have committed crimes (or) are immoral... you will now be regarded as having committed violence against women.”
The European Parliament was lauded by Pope Francis during his November 2014 visit as “fundamental to the life of the European Union,” recalling the disordered recognition that Paul VI gave the United Nations during his visit in October 1965. These bodies are founded on the very errors of Russia of which Our Lady of Fatima warned us, besides other false, condemned ideologies: atheism, freemasonry, liberalism, humanism, relativism and secularism.
Denying the rights and the Social Reign of Christ the King, and the authority of the one, true Church founded by Him, the European Parliament is preparing to promote anew the diabolical. We will see this in more frightening ways, in illicit laws that will prove punitive for those seeking to defend the Natural and Divine Laws. The battle over the family continues, as prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima. Let us consecrate ourselves, our families and our countries anew to the Immaculate Heart of our Queen and Mother, asking for guidance and protection in the trying days ahead.