The Portal December 2017 - Page 24

THE P RTAL December 2017 Page 24 The European Union and Abortion A recent directive has scandalised Geoffrey KirkΒ  T here are many reasons for deploring the European Union, not least its recent descent into blackmail. But even Catholics who, for whatever reason, voted to remain in it, must wholeheartedly deplore a recent directive. I quote: [The European Union] β€˜Strongly affirms that the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls; reiterates that women and girls must have control over their bodies and sexualities; calls o Έ…±°Ρ‘”5•΅‰•ΘMхѕ́ѼΥ…Ι…ΉΡ•”)½΅ΑΙ•‘•ΉΝ₯Ω”Ν•αΥ…±₯Ρ䁕‘Ս…Ρ₯½Έ°Ι•…‘䁅•ΝΜ)™½Θέ½΅•ΈΡΌ™…΅₯±δΑ±…ΉΉ₯Ήœ°…ΉΡ‘”™Υ±°)Ι…Ή”½˜Ι•ΑΙ½‘ՍΡ₯Ω”…ΉΝ•αΥ…°‘•…±Ρ Ν•ΙΩ₯•Μ°)₯Ή±Υ‘₯Ήœ΅½‘•ΙΈ½ΉΡΙ…•ΑΡ₯Ω”΅•Ρ‘½‘́…Ή)Ν…™”…Ή±•…°…‰½ΙΡ₯½»Šg €)I•Α±•Ρ”…́₯Ё₯́έ₯Ρ Ρ‘”…ΥΝΡ½΅•…ΉΠ½˜Ρ‘”Ν½™Π)±•™Π°Ρ‘”ΝΡ…Ρ•΅•ΉΠ₯́‰…Ι•±δΡΙ…ΉΝ±…Ρ…‰±”₯ΉΡΌ½Ι‘₯Ή…Ιδ)ΝΑ•• μ…Ήέ‘•Έ₯Ё₯́₯ЁΑɽٕ́Ѽ‰”…Έ…ΝͅձЁ½Έ‰½Ρ )Ρ‘”Ι•±₯₯½Ύ™Ι••‘½΄½˜₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…±Μ…ΉΡ‘”…ΥΡ½Ή½΅δ)½˜΅•΅‰•ΘΝΡ…Ρ•ΜΈ)I•…₯Ё…Ι•™Υ±±δθΡΌ‘•Ήδ½ΉΡΙ…•ΑΡ₯Ω”Ι₯‘Ρ́…Ή)…‰½ΙΡ₯½Έ€‘Ρ½ΥЁ½ΥΙΠ€ΡΌƒŠaέ½΅•Έ…Ή₯ɱϊd₯ΜƒŠa„™½Ι΄½˜)Ω₯½±•Ή—Šd……₯ΉΝЁё•΄Έ́ΝՍ °Ρ‘•Ι•™½Ι”₯Ё₯́‘••΅•)ΡΌ‰”½˜₯ΡΝ•±˜…Έ½™™•Ή”°…Ή₯˜Ρ‘”Ι•½΅΅•Ή‘•)±•₯Ν±…Ρ₯½Έ₯́•Ή…Ρ•°έ½Υ±‰•½΅”Ι₯΅”ΈQ‘”Ι•™ΥΝ…°)ΡΌ…‰½ΙЁ‰•½΅•Μ₯ΡΝ•±˜…Ή…±½½Ύέ₯Ρ Ι…Α”‡ €)]”…Ι”•ΉΡ•Ι₯Ήœ…Έ•Ι„₯Έέ‘₯ ‘½Ρ½Ί΅…δΙ₯‘Ρ±δ)‰”±…Υ‘•™½ΘΝΡΙ՝±₯Ήœ……₯ΉΝЁё”½‘‘́ѼΑΙ•Ν•ΙΩ”)Ρ‘”±₯ٕ́½˜‘₯±‘Ι•Έ‰½ΙΈέ₯Ρ Ή•…ȁ™…Ρ…°½Ή‘₯Ρ₯½ΉΜ+ŠL…Ήε•ΠΡ‘”Ν…΅”‘½Ρ½Ί΅₯‘Ё‰”Ι₯΅₯Ή…±₯Ν•™½Θ)Ν••­₯ΉœΡΌΝ…Ω”Ρ‘”±₯ٕ́½˜Ρ‘”‘•…±Ρ‘䁍‘₯±‘Ι•Έ…́ε•Π)ΥΉ‰½ΙΈΈƒ €)9½Ρ‘₯Ήœ½Υ±°₯Έ΅δΩ₯•ά΅½Ι”±•…ɱ䁑•΅½ΉΝΡΙ…Ρ”)Ρ‘…Ё₯Ή‘₯™™•Ι•Ή”ƒŠL•Ή΅₯Ρ䁕ٕΈƒŠLΡΌΡ‘” ‘Ι₯ΝΡ₯…ΈΙ½½ΡΜ)½˜]•ΝΡ•ΙΈ₯Ω₯±₯Ν…Ρ₯½ΈΡΌέ‘₯ A½Α” •Ή•‘₯Π…±±Υ‘•)₯Έ‘₯́ΑΙ½Ρ•ΝЁ……₯ΉΝЁё”½΅₯ΝΝ₯½Έ½˜…Ήδ΅•ΉΡ₯½Έ½˜)Ρ‘”…₯Ρ ₯ΈΡ‘”ΑΙ•…΅‰±”ΡΌΡ‘”1₯Ν‰½ΈQΙ•…ΡδΈ+ŠaQ‘”‘…Ιѕȁ…ΡΡ…‘•ΡΌΡ‘”1₯Ν‰½ΈQΙ•…ΡηŠd‘”έΙ½Ρ”°+Ša₯́„½‘±•Ν́‘½Υ΅•ΉΠέ‘₯ έ₯±°…ΥΝ”΅½Ι…°…Ή)Ν½₯…°‘…Ι΄»Šd)ΉΝΌ₯Ё₯́ΑΙ½Ω₯Ήœ» €)•½™™Ι•δ-₯Ι¬₯́Ι…Ρ•™Υ°)ΡΌ…±°Ρ‘½Ν”A½ΙΡ…°Ι•…‘•ΙΜ)έ‘ΌΝ•ΉΠ•Πέ•±°Ν½½Έ΅•ΝΝ…•Μ)‘ΥΙ₯Ήœ‘₯́ɕ•ΉΠ₯±±Ή•ΝΜΈ)!”₯́Ή½ά‰…¬₯Έ‘…ΙΉ•ΝΜ» €