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Estrela : from terror to hope, Jean-Marie le Méné’s press box

Published on 12/19/2013 in Bioethical


There are three different ways to deliberately put an end to our collective destiny: Atomic war, environmental destruction and demography. In 1963, the Pacem in terries encyclical was marked by the danger of nuclear conflict. For the fiftieth anniversary of the text on the 1st of January, Benedict XVI showed that the principal menace against peace today is the threat against nascent life, in other words, the demographic weapon. Illustrated by what has just occurred at the European Parliament with the vote and failure of the Estrela resolution the situation is terrible yet full of hope. Indeed, for the first time, the demographic weapon was seriously affected. Cloaked in Cairo and Beijing’s feminist semantics on sexual and reproductive rights and health, central piece of today’s international development objectives, given credit for fighting misery and ameliorating women’s condition, the Portuguese social deputy Edite Estrela’s resolution aimed at legitimating fertility control thanks to abortion. Abortion, a fundamental right, a right like any other, more than any other. To that were added provisions on sexual education as early as primary school, putting homosexuality on the same level as heterosexuality, giving parents walk-on roles, inserting the gender ideology in the background, etc; a liberal, libertarian hodgepodge with, in fact, no liberty whatsoever.

Victory against this text is first of all cultural. It is based on three grand steps forward on comprehension of the real issue. First of all, came the awareness of putting the excuse of health on what is actually a ideological hotchpotch. As soon as it comes to transgressing morality, like a talisman, the caduceus is held high. Health suddenly has every virtue even of making abortion a universal remedy, eugenics families’ happiness and embryo destruction a marker of progress. This intellectual sham is moribund. We may now be less inclined to fall into the scientific trap. The second trap, this time ultra-European thinking” has been undermined. The myth according to which Europe must be the one imposing on us such and such evolution and that it’s an inevitable path one has to take is long gone. Issues related to bioethics, such as abortion, were never delegated to the European Union by the states and it therefore cannot exercise any jurisdiction over those matters. Finally, the euphemist ideology which leads one not to see the relation between causes has found its limit. Using the words of Bossuet, we are beginning to stop lamenting effects of which we cherish the causes. Yes, defending family and life is related. Yes, the homosexual lobby and the abortion lobby share the same interests. Yes, a conceived human being is the cornerstone: and if not respected, anything is allowed.

More than anything else, the Estrela resolution is a great political success. European citizens have fully entered the political stage by using adequate means. It all began with the “One Of Us” citizen initiative. It was a particularly clever move as it contested the insidious taking over of abortion and embryo research by the European Union’s jurisdiction, through its illegitimate 50 million € funding, Thanks to the unprecedented mobilization over these subjects nearly two million signatures were collected, i.e., twice as many as needed. It was carried on with a clairvoyant analysis of the Estrela resolution decrypted as an answer to the “One Of Us” success and trying to lessen its impact by a political offensive. Seeing it that way was far from being easy and yet it was the most pertinent analysis. Hence the mass mobilization of the signatories of the “One Of Us” petition becoming conscious of the need to urgently intervene with the members of the European Parliament so as not to let the success of the citizen initiative be ruined. The rejection of Estrela but also the vote of an alternative resolution was the final blow. It will all be carried on with the “One Of Us” legislative proposal. This text is a reminder that the future of Europe must not be created on the need for fresh cells through embryo research nor in womb colonization under the form of funding for abortion said to be a help for development.

Jean-Marie Le Méné

President of the Jéröme Lejeune Foundation, leader of the « One Of Us » initiative.

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