As we learn from the website of the ECLJ, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is going to hear another complaint that will offer it yet another welcome occasion to use misguided “anti-discrimination” arguments to push its sinister agenda of fabricating a “Right to a Child” for all and everyone, including those who by nature could never have one.
The case at hand is Charron and Merle-Montet v. France (Appl. N° 22612/15), in which two lesbian women, who are sodo-“married” under France’s controversial Loi Taubira, complain about the fact that legislation currently in force does not allow them to become “parents” through medically assisted procreation using the sperm of an anonymous “donor”. Continue reading
The Oberlandesgericht (High Court) of Braunschweig has issued a decision according which a birth certificate issued in the US State of Colorado, which falsely indicates a German woman as the mother of twins born from a US American surrogate mother, must not be legally recognized in Germany. Continue reading
By giving permission to a group of researchers to genetically modify human embryos, the United Kingdom has re-affirmed its role as the EU country in which scientists have to comply with the lowest ethical standards. The British government apparently considers low ethics a competitive advantage.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has, for the first time, approved a licence to use gene editing in research. This decision recklessly tears down one of the last ethical barriers for research. From now on, ethics will never again be an obstacle for ambitious researchers, or for the multi-million industry behind them. Continue reading
In Graz (Austria) a woman aged 25 has discovered that she is not who she thought she was. Upon participating in a blood donation program it turned out that she cannot be a descendant of the woman she believed to be her mother. It is now surmised that due to organizational mismanagement in the clinic where she was born she was by accident given to the wrong parents immediately after her birth. The public authorities have now called upon all women who were born during the same week in the same hospital to undergo tests in order to find out the other woman who grew up with the wrong parents.
Tragic as this may be, it was at least not intentional that two women grew up with false identities. However, the outrage over this case makes us wonder why the exactly same situation, i.e. having to grow up with a false identity, should be perfectly acceptable in cases of surrogacy, sperm and egg cell donation, etc., in which reproductive doctors and their clients usually have no qualms at all about bereaving children of their true parents and their true identities.
Only because the adults decide it that way?
The mainstream media have been remarkably silant on this – perhaps they don’t want the public to know. But it nevertheless is important news. The annual convention of Angela Merkel’s CDU (Christian-Democrat Union) has adopted a statement that very clearly and inambiguously rejects any attempts at re-defining marriage. Continue reading
The European Parliament today adopted its Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2014 and the European Union’s policy on the matter tabled by MEP Cristian Dan Preda (EPP, Romania). Paragraph 114 of this report breaks new ground, condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”.
The European Parliament also “considers that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments”. Continue reading
Of course we all know that trade in human beings is a very serious crime, not a right. Of course we all know that this also applies to babies that are fabricated in vitro with the use of sperms and ova procured from so-called “donors”, and then carried by so-called “surrogate mothers”. Of course we all know that a couple that purchases a child in that way cannot have a “human right” to keep that child in its custody.
We really do not need a pompous “Human Rights Court” to tell us this, do we?
Tomorrow, 9 December, a Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will hear the case of Paradiso and Campanelli for a second time, following a request by the Italian government to annul a judgment in which a Chamber of the Court had de facto legalized child trafficking and surrogacy. Even against the backdrop of the Courts steady and persistent decline into judicial activism and moral disorientation, this was certainly one of the most stunning miscarriage of justice we had seen for a number of years. Continue reading