European Parliament Rejects Anti-Human Dignity Zuber Report
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, March 11, 2014 (Zenit.org) - With a small margin of 9 votes, the European Parliament today rejected the Zuber Report which pro-life critics say would have led to the promotion of 'genderism', and the support of abortion and samesex 'marriage'. An alternative resolution, which was equally problematic, was rejected as well, says European Dignity Watch, a Brussels-based pro-life think tank.
Both the Zuber Report and the alternative resolution would have reduced women to the role of mere taxpayers, lacked respect for the personal life choices of women such as raising children, implemented unconditional factual political and economic parity, ignored the principle of subsidiarity, and called for "gender training" for children.
Pro-life groups had called upon MEPs to vote against both texts - the Report and the alternative resolution. European Dignity Watch congratulated the 298 MEPs who voted against the Report. By doing so, it says the path remains open for a more balanced and dignified view of women, family life, child-rearing and freedom.
"Critics said the report assumed that all European women would be best served by working outside the home and delegating childrearing to childcare facilities. They said it mistakenly assumed that the only reason women would "work shorter hours in order to devote themselves to their child(ren)" is because "they can find no accessible care facilities". Thus, instead of recognizing the individual choices of women and families, the Report's supporters assume they knew what's best for them, critics said.
Furthermore, the Zuber Report would have promoted 'genderism', supported the "right to" abortion, although abortion is not an EU competence, and recognition of gay marriage, although family and marriage is the exclusive competence of Member States (paragraphs 42 & Ap).
It demanded childhood "gender training" (including a complete elimination of any depiction of women as care-givers and men as bread-winners) in public schools and the use of "media regulators" to police the "place accorded - in both quantitative and qualitative terms - to women ... in order to avoid conveying gender stereotypes" (paragraphs 57 & 58).