Called upon to pass judgment on the acceptability of the European petition against neonatal infanticides, the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a negative response on 23 June on the grounds that the subject was “too sensitive”, and could question abortion and divide the Assembly.
A decision from the Office of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is expected on 31 August 2015.
If the petition were deemed acceptable, the Council of Europe could take up the issue and investigate these practices which allow children to die due to a lack of treatment or even to kill new-born infants who survive a late abortion.
It is still possible to read the dossier presenting the petition and to sign it on line. Over 212,000 signatures have been collected to date.