On Friday, 24 April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe received a petition on “the rights of new-born infants who survive abortion”, and decided to send it to Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.
This petition was launched in November 2014 by the ECLJ and sent on 16 April to the Head of the President’s Cabinet of the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe. Signed by over 185,000 European citizens, it is “the biggest petition in the history of the European Assembly”.
The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights must examine its admissibility before opening debates which could lead to “a report procedure or even a resolution”. The ECLJ confirms that this petition is legally admissible but fears that “MPs will be forced to impose a contrary decision”.
At the present time, the ECLJ “is receiving statements, especially from midwives, on the fate of these children who are often untreated and left to die”.