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I.Media for Aleteia - published on 01/26/22 - updated on 01/26/22

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Wednesday 26 January 2022
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Long applause following the proposal of abortion as a human right

The 13-second applause at the European Parliament, following French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to consider abortion as a human right, should make one shudder, writes Gianfranco Marcelli, journalist of the newspaper Avvenire, which belongs to the Italian bishops.

In his editorial, Marcelli says that that no one has qualified the access to abortion in this way and wonders if perhaps a form of “instinctive modesty has so far prevented us from touching such an unprecedented legal milestone.” Marcelli concludes that even if there is little chance that this proposal will be approved in the following months, it is still a “loud and clear” signal that “risks marking a turning point in common thinking” in Europe.  

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