Brussels, Belgium, Feb 8, 2022 / 07:10 am
Catholic bishops across Europe expressed “deep concern” on Tuesday at French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for abortion to be added to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
In a Feb. 8 statement, the presidency of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) noted that there is no “right” to abortion enshrined in European or international law.
“Attempting to change this by introducing a supposed right to abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union not only goes against fundamental European beliefs and values, but would be an unjust law, devoid of an ethical foundation and destined to be a cause of perpetual conflict among the citizens of the EU,” it said.
Macron told members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on Jan. 19 that the EU rights charter needed to be revised.