The European Parliament adopted an ideological resolution on the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The document promotes the LGBT agenda and the provision of sexual education by the state, while ignoring the right of unborn children to live and issues such as the discrimination of fathers.
The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption (initiated by Poland) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the first international treaty protecting children’s rights. On this occasion, a debate was held by the European Parliament on the situation of children in Europe and the rest of the world, which ended with the adoption of a resolution. The document lists what the MEPs consider to be the greatest threats and problems experienced by children. The European Parliament gave particular focus to children’s rights violations across the globe, that is acts of violence, poverty, exclusion and discrimination. In addition, it was noted that children are particularly threatened by the negative effects of climate change. Moreover, every fourth victim of human trafficking is a child, and children often fall victim to sexual exploitation.
Even though the resolution has a strong focus on violence against children and how to combat it, it is devoid of any mentions of the brutal violation of one of their fundamental rights, governed by Article 6 of the Convention – the inalienable right to live. Moreover, a majority vote rejected proposed amendments referring to the issues of the killing of unborn children and surrogacy, as well as those calling upon states to take action to reduce abortion rates and combat the mental trauma suffered by children who survived attempts at prenatal murder.
The resolution was also an opportunity to promote the LGBT agenda – the text contains several references to the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” of children, and even to “LGBTI children”. In addition, the EP has once again taken up the issue of sexual education, calling upon member states “to ensure access to comprehensive, age-appropriate information about sex and sexuality, and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and relationship education for young people in schools, particularly in the light of measures taken by certain countries which forbid schools from dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The MEPs also rejected a series of amendments concerning the family. These included an amendment concerning the role of the German Jugendamt in cross-border family disputes, an amendment emphasising the role of the family in the complete and harmonious development of children, as well as one concerning the discrimination of fathers in divorce proceedings.
“It is a shame that this important anniversary was exploited to promote an ideology. The issue of the inalienable right to live from conception was ignored and gender ideology was promoted in relation to children, in addition to the role of parents in a child’s life being noticeably marginalised. This is particularly dangerous considering the fact that more and more countries are attempting to take over the role of parents, thus violating the fundamental rights of children and families,” says Magdalena Olek, Deputy Director of the Ordo Iuris Centre for International Law.
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