Abortion is expected to make another major advance on the Rock: on August 5, a press release announced that the royal government had sent to the National Council a bill seeking to decriminalize the murder of unborn children, however, without legalizing it.
In the Principality of Monaco, voluntary interruption of a pregnancy (IVG or abortion) has been authorized since 2009 only in certain specific cases, such as the risk to the mother’s life, a serious pathology detected in the child, or violence (rape) having resulted in pregnancy.
A recent draft law, presented by the Monegasque government to the National Council on August 2, 2019, intends to change the legislative framework to decriminalize abortion. If the project is approved, women who abort before the end of the 12th week of pregnancy will no longer fall under the law which provides for a prison sentence of six months to three years and a fine of 9,000 to 18,000 euros. When the crime ceases to be punished, a measure such as this can only encourage it to be committed.
“To accompany the distress of the pregnant woman” (sic)
For the moment, the intention of the legislator is not to legalize abortion in a pure and simple way—it remains forbidden to any Monegasque practitioner, under penalty of up to ten years in prison. Nevertheless, the bill intends to ease the situation of health professionals by giving them the possibility of referring their patients to foreign doctors. This is in order to respond to “the distress of the pregnant woman.” What about the distress of the innocent whose life will soon be cut short by so-called doctors?
In an official statement, the Monegasque government has defended its dubious project, invoking a compromise allowing the preservation of “values as fundamental as the right to life of the unborn child and the principles of the State religion.”
Actually, the Monegasque constitution is one of the few to grant the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church the status of being the state religion. It is probably for this reason that the moral regressions stemming from the revolution of May 68 and the last few decades have been delayed more than elsewhere.
In this context, the legalization of abortion would appear to be contrary to the fundamental law of the Principality and would have no chance of being adopted. But the status of being the State religion is a barrier that has weakened over time—with a growing secularism that does not spare the clergy themselves, with the false doctrine of religious freedom, and the primacy of conscience on the natural order, and the increasing attacks on the rights of God over his creature.
It is also clear that this “advance” is a first step towards the complete legalization of the murder of unborn children. As has been seen many times over the past 50 years, a State begins with decriminalizing—abortion in France, euthanasia in the Netherlands—before allowing it completely.