(by Roberto de Mattei) When France took over the presidency of the European Union on 19 January, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the inclusion of abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Charter, approved in Nice in 2000 and ratified by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, is intended as a sort of European constitutional charter. Alongside Macron, the Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was elected President of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg the day before, replacing David Sassoli.
Upon her election, Metsola wanted to reassure those who had concerns about her previous statements against abortion that, “My position is that of the European parliament”. Such compliance with the decisions of the majority of parliamentarians, would presumably apply, not only to abortion, but to any abomination that the assembly might approve. The next day, President Metsola listened to Macron’s words without batting an eyelid.
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