PD sug­gests par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee to safe­guard rights of un­born child

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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