Pro-life leaders from across the globe are traveling to Lisbon, Portugal to attend the Global Pro-Life Unity Summit on May 4-5, 2012. The conference, which is hosted by PersonhoodUSA, LifeSiteNews.com, and Human Life International will feature representatives from countries around the world including Portugal, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Romania, and Ireland.
Portugal is in the midst of a petitioning process that would guarantee the inviolability of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. The Pro Referendo Vida campaign has collected nearly half of the signatures they need to convene a national referendum to protect life. The Global Pro-Life Unity Summit will call attention to their movement and show the international support for the Portuguese referendum.
In fact, Portugal is part of a larger counter-cultural movement across the European continent that is promoting the dignity of human life. Holding the Global Pro-Life Unity Summit in Lisbon will allow leaders of similar movements in neighboring countries to easily attend and access international support.
PRO – LIFE Lisbon Declaration
As Portugal celebrated Mother’s Day, summit leaders representing thousands of pro-life individuals around the world through their organizations signed the following joint PRO-LIFE DECLARATION OF LISBON:
We, along with our organizations are committed to building and strengthening unity and collaboration among pro-life groups around the globe. We believe that in order to properly protect the right to life, every human being, without exception or compromise, at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in our respective laws and constitutions.
A request has been presented to the European Union for permission to begin collecting signatures in support of a petition that fair debate be given in European institutions to the recognition of human dignity and the right to life of every human being from the moment of conception. The request was received on 11 May last, and a sufficient number of signatures will have to be collected by 11 May 2013, that is, from at least one million citizens from seven European states.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., Legal Analyst for Personhood USA, told LifeSiteNews.com, “Petitions are great ways to identify, educate, and activate pro-lifers, especially if the petition process is enlisted in support of solid principles with a solid grass roots strategy behind it.”
While the EU cannot change the laws of member states to protect unborn life, the petition aims to ensure the EU respects life in its areas of competence, particularly in terms of development aid and scientific research.
Vatican’s EU personhood petition seeks signatures: January 19, 2013
- Last year, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity launched a personhood petition in the European Union to ensure “protection of the dignity, the right to life and of the integrity of every human being from conception.” The signature campaign, called “One of Us,” is tasked with collecting one million signatures from citizens of European Union nations in 2013.The campaign is one of the first European Citizen’s Initiatives ever registered. Supporters are optimistic that the initiative can “advance the protection of human life from conception in Europe – within the possibilities of the competency of the EU” and send a clear pro-life message to Brussels. The initiative would force the EU to act upon protections of the human embryo previously acknowledged by the European Court of Justice (Brüstle vs. Greenpeace, 2011).
NEW YORK, January 25 (C-FAM) – A European court victory for environmentalists has inspired a continent-wide campaign to end European Union funding of embryo-destructive research and abortion.
NEW YORK, January 25 (C-FAM) A European court victory for environmentalists has inspired a continent-wide campaign to end European Union funding of embryo-destructive research and abortion.
The “One of Us” campaign launched this month by leaders in twenty European countries calls for the European Union to stop funding efforts that destroy pre-born life, including groups that perform abortions in developing countries. It follows a European Court of Justice ruling in 2011, in a lawsuit brought by Greenpeace, that human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection.