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By Adelaide Mena (Catholic News Agency)
Members of the European Parliament have rejected a report which suggested that abortion be defined as a “human rights and public health concern.”
The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual education and abortion policies.
“The formulation and implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on sex education in schools is a competence of the member states,” stated the European People’s Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, two groups within the European Parliament who presented an alternative report that passed by a vote of 334 to 327, with 35 members abstaining from the vote.
The rejected report, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, had been submitted by Edite Estrela, a European Parliamentarian from Portugal, intended to establish abortion “as a human rights and public health concern” in the E.U.… Read the rest
State laws give relief to schools and parents
People of faith seeking to keep celebrations of Christmas and other religious holidays in the public square have some reason for good cheer this year. While the debate over religion’s place in public continues, two laws in Missouri and Texas have given legal cover to celebrating Christmas in public places.
The bipartisan Missouri law enacted this year over a governor’s veto protects public celebrations of Christmas by prohibiting state and local entities from banning or restricting “the practice, mention, celebration or discussion of any federal holiday” on public property.
“For people in the state, their rights are now protected in the public square,” said the law’s author, state Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville. He told the Register that he has received an “overwhelming response” of thanks throughout the state for the law.
“I’ve been inundated by schools and a bunch of faculty signing one big thank-you letter for protecting their rights and ability to celebrate [Christmas] freely,” Brattin said.