|Contact Council of Europe urgently to protect unborn children from discrimination|
28 September 2011
Next week the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE, not to be confused with the European Parliament of the European Union (EU)) will consider a report which includes serious attacks on unborn children with sex-linked genetic disorders. The report is called “Prenatal Sex Selection”. It is being proposed by Ms. Doris Stump, Swiss socialist PACE delegate, and it includes a Resolution and Recommendation, on which delegates will be asked to vote. We believe that both the Resolution and the Recommendation must be amended – and if this cannot be done, they should be opposed. The report comes from the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. Amendments must be submitted no later than 3 October 2011 by 4pm. The debate is scheduled for 4 October 2011 during the PACE plenary session.
The following sections (in bold) in the Resolution deny the right to life of children, especially children with inherited diseases:
The following danger is found in the Recommendation:
Again, the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention) denies the right to life of unborn children by approving destruction of embryos with inherited disease, and therefore the reference to it in the present Recommendation should be deleted.
Please contact your country’s delegates at PACE:
asking them to:
Please don’t forget to copy any replies you receive from PACE delegates to SPUC either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to SPUC HQ.