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.
Macron’s declaration on abortion as a human right, made before the plenary assembly, which included many Catholics and conservatives, constituted a direct challenge – comparable to that of Macron’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, when he opposed all reference to Europe’s Christian origins in the Bill of Rights, out of respect for the secular and revolutionary tradition of France.
The French Revolution still holds weight, well into the twenty-first century; all modern and postmodern rights originate from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen 1789, including the feminist slogan “my body, my choice”, on which the alleged “right to abortion” is founded. Anyone of good conscience must oppose such proclamations of pseudo-rights with an absolute no; without exception and without compromise.
Reason, conscience and the natural law, imprinted in our hearts, tell us that under no circumstances is it lawful to kill an innocent human being. The prohibition of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and murder in general is based on this law, which is absolute; without possible compromises or exceptions. If an exception to the moral law is admitted, all morality collapses.
In this respect, Roberta Metsola’s pledge of compromise appears no less serious than Emmanuel Macron’s anti-Christian provocation. Macron is a sworn enemy of natural and Christian law, attempting to transform a crime into a constitutional right; Metsola is a faithless friend who, by accepting this dissimulation, contributes to the psychological and moral disarmament of the defenders of life. The result is the trivialisation of the evil which has led, in many countries, including Italy, to mass killing through the abortion pill. It has been reported that, in many regions of Italy, DIY abortion drugs have become the primary method of abortion, far surpassing surgical abortions (La República, January 28, 2021). Avoiding the psychological trauma of hospital intervention, consciences become more easily numbed, while the impact on society becomes harder to measure.
But we must remember that there is a punishment for every sin. And the graver the sin, the severer the punishment. Individual sins all have their punishment, either in this world or in the other. But when sins are societal, committed by a nation or by several nations, the punishment must occur on earth, because nations, unlike men, do not have an eternal destiny.
The ongoing pandemic, the winds of war blowing from Eastern Europe, the possible explosion of an economic crisis; all of these disturbing facts should make us reflect. When reflection is wanting, nations hasten with reckless abandon towards the abyss that awaits them. For the thoughtful and the upright of conscience, all that remains is to continue to pray and fight, entrusting everything to the hands of God.