The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has asked the European Parliament in Strasbourg that abortion and environmental protection be explicitly incorporated (EU) in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

 “I want us to consolidate our values as Europeans, which are our unity, our pride and our strength. Twenty years after the proclamation of our Charter of Fundamental Rights, I hope that we can update it to be more explicit about protecting the environment or recognizing the right to abortion”, Macron proposed in a recent speech before MEPs.

Her position comes after the election last Tuesday of the new president of the European Parliament, the popular Roberta Metsola, who is questioned by the most feminist sectors of the left for her repeated votes against the right to abortion.

But this is not the first time that we have witnessed a similar attack on the human embryo by the European Union. Already in 2021, the European Parliament approved the “Matić Report”, which redefined abortion as “essential medical care”, recognizing it as a right and raising conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care”.

Bioethical assessment

Undoubtedly, and as we have already stated in one of the Bioethics Observatory reports, this supposed “progress of democracy” represents a terrible setback for everyone, especially for the weakest. The Charter of Fundamental Rights that Macron invokes, recognizes the right to life as the main one, and it is mainly this right that is violated when it is submitted to the presumed right to end the life of the human embryo, innocent and defenseless, by allowing millions of embryos and fetuses to be exterminated.

Specifically, in Article 1 on Human Dignity, it defines it as inviolable, literally stating that “it will be respected and protected.”

In his Article 2, referring to the Right to life, he states that “every person has the right to life. No one may be sentenced to death or executed.”

Article 3, which deals with the “Right to the integrity of the person”, states that “every person has the right to his physical and mental integrity.

In the framework of medicine and biology, the following shall be respected: — the free and informed consent of the person concerned, in accordance with the procedures established by law, — the prohibition of eugenic practices, and in particular those whose purpose is the selection of people, — the prohibition of the human body or parts of it becoming an object of profit, — the prohibition of reproductive cloning of human beings”.

We are witnessing, once again, an attack against human life and dignity, this time directed against the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which President Macron intends to serve by attacking its principles, those on which it is founded all its articles.

The next step to the recognition of abortion as a right is to violate the rights of those who defend the life of the embryo, limiting the exercise of conscientious objection or free expression against the extermination of embryonic human life, as is already being implemented in Spain.

The Christian roots of Europe, which inspired the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, embody the recognition of the dignity of every human being in all circumstances, from conception to natural death, and continue to inspire all those who believe in solidarity, equality and true freedom.

Julio Tudela

Bioethics Observatory

Institute of Life Sciences

Catholic University of Valencia



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