By Stoyan Zaimov, ChristianPost.com
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is facing several pivotal cases in the coming months relating to abortion that pro-life advocates hope will help to preserve human life and dignity in Europe, as the court's decisions will be binding to all 47 member states. . . .
"For the ECLJ, it is clear that the Court (which received from the Member States its duty of guaranteeing the fundamental rights of 'all people'), should set limits to those practices, particularly with regard to late abortion (after the viability threshold) and selective abortion based on the characteristics of the child, including genetic characteristics (the sex and health status of the child)," reads the official statement, written by Grégor Puppinck, the ECLJ's director. . . .
The results somewhat correlated with a 2005 poll on religious beliefs in Europe – countries that had a more stated belief in God, such as Italy (where 74 percent of respondents said they believe there is a God), were less likely to support abortion, while more secular countries like France and the Czech Republic were more accepting of the practice. . . .
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