PD suggests parliamentary committee to safeguard rights of unborn child
Partit Demokratiku said yesterday that it stands for the dignity and rights of human life. Unless the State can guarantee the right to life, then there are no meaningful rights to freedom or to security of a person, the party said in a statement.
PD is of the opinion that Parliament provides a unique platform, by Standing Orders 121 and 122, where the rights of the unborn child may be openly discussed with the academia, competent authorities and civil society. It is suggested that this Parliamentary Committee is chaired by Mr Speaker and is composed of three government and three opposition members. An analytical report will be drawn at its termination of office.
Prior to the Parliamentary summer recess PD MP Godfrey Farrugia wrote to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Leader of Opposition Simon Busuttil calling for this set up. A draft parliamentary motion was also proposed. The Leader of Opposition accepted this invite but the Prime Minister failed to acknowledge two successive invites. All members of the opposition met in a conjoined parliamentary group and a final draft of the resolution was approved.
The setting up of this distinctive parliamentary committee will stand above the workings of all other Permanent Committee, and would solely devote its time and energy to focus on the dignity and rights of the unborn child. Such a practice has also been adopted by other National Parliaments or Senate Committees.
This resolution was co-sponsored by Nationalist MP Clyde Puli, PD said.
PD is of the opinion that the dignity of every human being is not only a fundamental right in itself, but constitutes the real basis of fundamental rights.