EU Parliament advocates recognition of LGBT adoptions

gayadoptionabstrThe European Parliament adopted a resolution on 2 February which urged the EU Commission to require all 28 EU Member States to recognise each other’s adoption certificates automatically. While claiming to be about helping parents and children, hidden in the text are dangerous aims to oblige all Member States to de facto recognise same-sex adoptions, even if illegal in their own country. Continue reading

The European Human Rights Court once again pushes for a “Right to a Child”

pic-7The notoriously spun-out-of-control European Human Rights Court has yet again issued an astonishing judgment in which it pushes forward, in incremental steps, towards the creation of a “right to a child”.

In the case of A.H. and others v. Russia the Court had to deal with the claims of a group of American applicants whose procedures to adopt children in Russia had come to an abrupt end when the Russian Federation – reacting to the fact that the US now allow same-sex couples to adopt children – suddenly adopted a new law that barred Americans from adopting Russian children. The Court concluded that this abrupt end of the adoption proceedings, which had already reached a fairly advanced stage, constituted a breach of Art. 14 in conjunction with Art. 8 of the European Human Rights Convention, i.e. a “discrimination with regard to the right to respect of the private and family lives” of the applicants.

This finding implies that there is a “Right to Adopt a Child” enshrined somewhere in the Convention, which is of course wrong. Continue reading

Portugal: Outgoing President wants to save children from homo-“parenting” and abortion

22.09-CavacoIn one of his last political acts before leaving office, outgoing  Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva vetoed on Monday a bill that would give adoption rights to same-sex couples.

The law allowing gay couples to adopt passed through parliament on December 18, and was one of socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s political priorities. The current government, which depends on the vote of two Communist parties, is planning to reverse Portugal’s frail economic recovery and to undermine basic social institutions such as marriage and the family. Continue reading

What is Michael O’Flaherty’s stance on surrogacy?

It is very strange that the European Commission, when pre-selecting its three (out of 45) preferred candidates for the post of Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), apparently did not make any effort to check out the stances taken by those preferred candidates on some crucial issues. Or, if it did, the conclusion must be that the Commission is in fact supporting and endorsing them.

Which, for example, is the position the FRA’s new Director will take with regard to surrogacy? Continue reading

Surrogacy: radical Feminists at war with radical Homos

i-psyxologos-gr113This blog surely has no reputation for being on friendly terms with radical Feminist groups such as the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Yet on rare occasions even they say something we can agree with.

This is the case with a submission made by EWL and other Feminist groups to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) with regard to the Conference’s ongoing work on a project called “The Parentage / Surrogacy Project”.  Continue reading