Parliament Liberals Table Anti-Pope Amendment

Country: European Institutions (EU, ECHR,

Date of incident: May 7, 2009

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Political

Liberal Group in the European Parliament tabled an amendment to the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World condemning Pope Benedict XVI's anti-condom statement.

The amendment to the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2008 condemning Pope Benedict XVI's anti-condom statement was tabled by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. It stated that abortion was a human right and firmly condemned the Pope for having stated that the distribution of condoms will not help to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The measure was a reaction to statements made by Pope Benedict during his visit in Africa in March. He said that "one cannot overcome the problem with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, they increase the problem”, which provoked a widespread criticism in the media. The amendment was rejected on May 7th at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg (253 votes against, 199 in favour, 61 abstentions). Several scientists working on the problem of AIDS, including Edward C. Green, Director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies ( reported), have supported the Pope saying that evidence tend to prove his position to be correct. Read more at: