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From the Observatory of the
Political Network for Values

A growing consensus: no children, no family, no future
 
 
Something is changing in Central Europe. We can see a growing consensus unifying wishes towards one conviction: supporting the growth and development of the family is a matter of survival, there is no future without children. Evident? Yes. It should be; however, different European countries, UN and EU organisms support an agenda that targets the opposite. Luckily, Hungary has become the focus of this new consensus, that gets stronger bit by bit influencing and encouraging decision makers. The most recent proof was witnessed the past 23 and 24th of September during the IV Budapest Demographic Summit.
 
The event has been celebrated since 2015, every two years, it gathers academics, scientists, politicians, businessman, citizens and religious leaders to discuss population dynamics and the problems that afflict families. It was founded to raise a voice of warning against the demographic winter that, silently, is settling in Europe, and to point out practical paths of regeneration.
 
Katalin Novák, Minister of Family of the Hungarian government, president of the Political Network for Values and organizer of the Summit, summarized the main conclusion of this fourth edition: "There is no alternative to the family. There is no sustainable development without children. The biggest problem in the West is that there are not enough births, there are no children. We have to defend traditional values and make real and immediate decisions that support families. Otherwise, our future will be at risk and cultures will disappear".
 
This is not fiction, nor alarmism, but statistical certainty. At present, not a single EU Member State has enough children to maintain adequate population growth, despite the fact that most citizens want more than two children on average. The overall proportion of Europeans is constantly declining: in 1960, they made up about 12% of the world’s population, they are now about 6% and are expected to be less than 4% by 2070. This has an impact on the competitiveness and geopolitical, economic and cultural influence of the countries of the region.
 
The good news is that "family-friendly mindset" is a natural aspiration of people; that is a solid foundation on which governments can and should build their demographic and development policies. "No matter how many are committed to instilling family values, the family will always be important to the greater part of humanity. Not only for reproduction, but because the family is the cradle of love. It is a community based on love that gives foundations and ideas to appreciate, protects and teaches us, provides us and keeps us in balance. Family, like love, does not and cannot have an alternative", outlined Novák.
 
This fourth edition of the Summit focused on the connections between population growth and sustainability and was attended by 5 leaders and 70 representatives from 18 countries. In addition to the host, Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, the Prime Ministers of Slovenia, Janez Jansa; of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babis; of the Republika Srpska (one of the two constituent entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Milorad Dodik; the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic; and the former vice president of the United States (USA), Mike Pence, participated as speakers.
 
The Summit resulted in the Declaration on Demographic Renewal in Europe, in which its signatories pledge to place support for families at the centre of their governance activities, to encourage marriages to have as many children as they wish, through an effective family policy, including support for decent and affordable housing; to encourage the development of labour-based economies that offer fair wages and generous employment opportunities; to invest the opportunities provided by economic growth in supporting families; and to contribute to the social value of motherhood and fatherhood.
 
The document argues that family policy is and must remain a national competence, shaped in accordance with the constitution, traditions and customs of each people; rejects the EU’s efforts to prevent Member States from introducing and maintaining family-friendly tax policies; invites working to ensure that population growth is seen as a pillar of sustainability and is one of the priorities of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, with the corresponding restructuring of expenditure and allocation of funds for the support of European families.
 
So far, Babis, Jansa, Orbán and Vucic have signed the declaration. I invite you to read here, first hand, the full text of the Declaration on the Demographic Renewal of Europe. An extraordinary political piece.
 
You can also watch here all the interventions of the IV Budapest Demographic Summit, in video and with subtitles in several languages. It is well worth it.
 
The Demographic Summit is not the only instrument through which the government of Viktor Orbán has been expanding what we are talking about. As I informed earlier, encouraged by Hungary, the countries of the Visegrad Group (V4) established in May a Coalition for the Family in which Minister Katalin Novák and her counterparts from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic coordinate decisions related to the implementation of public policies and develop joint research projects. An opportune enclave to resist the pressures exerted from the EU, and above all, to optimize resources, generate synergy and operate more effectively.
 
Although much of the press attacks or ignores these and other initiatives, in Central Europe there is a catalyst pole that radiates hope. A small continental revolution is beginning, and it "threatens" to cross the Atlantic.

Countries that do not support motherhood are doomed to bankruptcy
 
In the same vein, the latest edition of our Transatlantic Dialogues addressed "Political support for motherhood - what is at stake", and we listened on 17 September to Margarita de la Pisa, Member of the European Parliament (EP), and Conrado Giménez, president of the Madrina Foundation. Both Spanish.
 
De la Pisa is a professional of excellence, biotechnologist and neuropsychologist, mother of 9 children - the youngest is yet to be born - who became involved in the world of politics because she wanted to develop initiatives of support from the State to mothers and families, especially the most vulnerable. "When I arrived in the EP, I imagined that I would succeed in promoting specific policies of support for motherhood, tax incentives, financial aid. It took only a few days to realize that the work we had to do was much deeper, we have to take a few steps back and start with the most basic, because the level of ideologization and self-destruction of the identity of the person is notable, [...] our task as parliamentarians has been to try to neutralize the attacks imposed on life and the family, and to recode, since it is not enough to react, to rebuild, with hope, concepts as simple as the beauty of femininity and motherhood, the need for care for pregnant women, care for children”, he explained.
 
The Spanish MEP, who was one of the fiercest opponents of the infamous Matić report, presented a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on Protecting and Supporting Motherhood to the EP in May this year. It is a short, clear, forceful and basic text. Who could oppose providing support to women who are going to be mothers? Surprise. It was rejected by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). "Initially the motion was well received and sent to various committees; but when we sat down with their officials, we received a cold bath, they told us that they did not understand how we proposed something like this. As if that was not enough, the FEMM said it was crazy to talk about motherhood in the women’s committee, in which, by the way, it does talk - and a lot - about abortion. Now that’s crazy. There’s a short circuit. We find there people who have deformed and very negative concepts of femininity and motherhood. The true values that gave birth to the EU have been distorted and this is a dramatic reflection of this," she said.
 
De la Pisa reported that there are a significant number of Members who do not have this negative vision and that they will constitute a Policy Group within the European Parliamentary Group of Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) to act more forcefully. She warned: "We’re not going to stop".
 
On the other hand, Conrado Giménez, the director of the Madrina Foundation, a Spanish institution for the integral support of women and children, said it is necessary that politicians and other social actors have clarity that the family is the big company on which the moral and economic development of a country pivots; if families are fractured, the country goes bankrupt.
 
Giménez speaks with knowledge. His unique career led him from academia, where he was a prominent researcher, to the financial world, where he served as an advisor to bankers and entrepreneurs; Then, a near-fatal accident put him out of those bubbles to put him in a rugged and suffering terrain of the vulnerable. He made the decision to devote his life entirely to working for "the most important company a country has: the family". And there, the biggest bet must be on mothers and children. "At the heart of the family is the mother. The peoples who value, protect and support motherhood are the only ones who endure. [...] And this is not a sentimental statement, a child is a 30-year bonus, it is wealth for a country; there are signs of a very direct correlation between a country’s level of development and its level of support for motherhood," he said.
 
This Spaniard, who set up one of the most effective support networks for vulnerable families in Spain, emphasized that a coordinated effort between politicians and organized society is essential to create safe ecosystems for children and mothers. "Our current social structures work against them; for example, children have become ‘commodities’ and are cared for adoption, and at the same time, often, Pregnancies are received as bad news that will affect the professional development of women".
 
Developing safe ecosystems involves, inter alia: generating effective laws and public policies to support life and the family which also impact on culture; curbing maternal mobbing and reshaping labour regulations that prevent the reconciliation of work and family life; combating and preventing violence against children and pregnant women, especially those in vulnerable situations; humanize cities and encourage migration to the countryside; denounce the manipulation of language that creates a new imaginary of false rights.
 
These are just a few strokes of a bold and broader agenda that assumes that children and mothers are a heritage, not a burden; they are the future and not the backwardness of our peoples. To this agenda we are summoned.
 
See the complete edition of the Transatlantic Dialogues here. Registered as political participants, parliamentarians, decision makers and civil society leaders from 18 countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, United States (USA), Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Uruguay. In addition to De la Pisa and Giménez, spoke at the colloquium: Angela Gandra, Family Secretary of the Brazilian government; Anna Záborská, member of the Slovak National Council and leader of the Christian Union party; Elsa Méndez, deputy of the state of Querétaro, in Mexico; Javier Puente, senator of Spain; and Nicolás Mayoras, provincial deputy of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Texas, the current epicenter of the struggle for life in the United States

Right now, the southern state of Texas, the second largest in the American Union, is the epicenter of the struggle for life in that country. On May 19, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill passed by a Republican majority in the state Senate and House of Representatives that prohibits abortion from the moment you can hear the heartbeat of a prenatal baby. It is not the first place to adopt such a rule. You will recall that, in May of this year, in our Transatlantic Dialogues, Senator Amy Sinclair of Iowa recounted how her state pioneered a Fetal Heartbeat Bill that generated a ripple effect. In one year, 13 more states had similar legislation and others were in the pipeline, including Texas.
 
As with Iowa, and in the other states where fetal heartbeat laws were passed, in Texas the rule was immediately challenged in court to repeal it. However, this time, one by one, the demands were neutralized. Where one judicial instance accepted it, another superior denied it. In a desperate act, the companies and institutions that profit from abortion filed, on August 30, with the Supreme Court an emergency request that called for the blocking of the law that would enter into force on September 1. And surprise! The request was denied, by 5 votes to 4, on September 1. Something unprecedented since the Roe judgment against Wade, in 1973. Shocked and visibly irritated, President Joe Biden called the law "extreme" and "brazen" and said it would launch an all-out offensive. On the night of September 14, the Justice Department called for a temporary suspension of the law. A federal judge complied with the request on October 6, but immediately, two days later, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Texas rule. A real and intense legal battle that has not yet ended and that can define the future of the right to life in the United States.
 
The dimensions of pro-life victory can be measured by looking at the way abortion advocates have reacted: "We’re devastated, our patients are frightened and confused, our staff and providers are very afraid; we don’t know what will happen.", said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, abortion clinic operators. And for Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, "this is the strongest alarm yet that the right to abortion is in grave danger, in Texas and across the country".
 
As can be seen, the blow has been forceful, especially because the new Texas law gives the power to the ordinary citizen to denounce the violator, and if the plaintiff wins, the offender must pay him at least $10,000 to cover his legal costs. These and other aspects of the initiative have made it in a very short time a very effective instrument, capable of causing severe damage to the broad framework of the abortion industry. Read here the complete text of the law.
 
Although a deeper analysis would be helpful, space does not allow it, however, I think there is a very clear lesson we can pick up: it is always possible to reverse an iniquitous situation, even if it seems impossible to modify it; but, for this, two conditions are necessary, (1) to work perseveringly, without giving up, and (2) to use power when it is in your hands. What began in Iowa, is being consolidated in Texas, and is the fruit of those who, for almost 50 years, since the Roe judgment against Wade, have been biting stone, day by day, embracing hope.

 
 

Our IV Transatlantic Summit is just around the corner

I would like to remind you that in one more month we will hold in Budapest our Fourth Transatlantic Summit, on 18 and 19 November, with the theme "Freedom at stake: building and the strengthening a pro-freedom agenda globally ".
 
So far, the following have confirmed their presence as speakers: Marlena Maląg, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy of Poland; Milan Krajniak, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovakia; José Manuel Restrepo, Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia, Angela Gandra, National Family Secretary of Brazil; Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for Aid to Persecuted Christians; Jaime Mayor Oreja, former Minister of the Interior of Spain; Jose Antonio Kast, candidate for the presidency of Chile by the Republican Party; Ryszard Legutko, co-chair of the Conservative and Reformist Group (ECR) in the European Parliament; Hermann Tertsch, MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliamentary Assembly - Latin American; Senators Maria del Rosario Guerra and Paola Holguín of Colombia; Rónán Mullen of Ireland; and Amy Sinclair of the United States; Representatives Lourdes Méndez Monasterio of Spain; Chrisantus Wamalwa of Kenya; and Stjepo Bartulica of Croatia; as well as Valerie Huber, Advocate of the Geneva Consensus Statement and Special Representative for the Global Health of Women in the Trump Administration; Haley McNamara, Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation; John O Sullivan, President of the Danube Institute; and Eduardo Verastegui, actor, director and film producer; among others. Our host will be Katalin Novák, Hungarian Family Minister and President of our network.
 
The transatlantic summits are an important moment for us, where, every two years, in an atmosphere of brotherhood, we meet to share experiences, exchange successful initiatives and build a common agenda. The protagonists are you, politicians, legislators, decision makers, academics and civic leaders, who love, promote and defend life, family, and fundamental freedoms, whether you are a member, friend, or ally of the Network. See the program here. At the end of this newsletter you will find a link to register. Don’t miss your spot!
 
Finally, I selected for you two news items that I think is important to have on your "radar" and two articles that I would love to read:

 

Guatemala joins the Geneva Consensus. 35 countries have already signed it

The Geneva Consensus continues to generate adhesions. On October 12, the president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, signed the Declaration that promotes women's health, the defense of life in all its stages, the integrity of the family and the sovereignty of nations. There are now 35 signatory countries.
 
Keep reading…

 

Kast ranks second in Chile’s presidential election, polls suggest.
 
José Antonio Kast, founder of the Republican Party (PR) and one of the veteran members of our Network, is consolidating in second place in the polls of intention to vote for the presidential elections of Chile, with 18%. In August it had 10%. As a pointer, there is the leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, with 21%. If the trend is confirmed, both would go to the ball.
 
Keep reading…

 

A Million Mexicans March Against Decriminalization of Abortion by the Supreme Court

Around a million people took to the streets of Mexico’s main cities in the March for Women and Life in response to strong repudiation of decriminalization of abortion imposed by the Supreme Court, through judicial activism, to neutralize the shielding of the right to life of local constitutions in most states of the country. Some governments, local congresses and medical organizations have announced that they will not comply with the Court.
 
Keep reading…

 

The values of Europe and the hijacking of language

Opinion | Behind a series of new "rights" that the European Parliament wants to impose, through gross manipulation of language, are hidden the structures that can lead Europe to a real tyranny, which would break with a multi-secular tradition which has produced the freest, most developed and progressive (in the true sense of the word) civilization, with all its faults and faults, which humanity has known, and which fed the fathers of the European Union. An article by Professor Alberto Barcena.
 
Keep reading…

 

Germany - socialists and liberals gain ground

Analysis | Although the German elections gave a victory to the Social Democratic Party (SPD) defined by less than 2% of the vote and the new coalition government is not yet concrete, one thing is certain: socialists and liberals gain ground in the country and paint a difficult future for conservatives. An analysis of Bence Selmeczi.
 
Keep reading…
 
Finally, if you have any relevant information that you would like us to include in the newsletters or want to share something about the work you are doing in your country for the protection, promotion and defense of fundamental rights and freedoms, feel free to contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
Diego Hernández
Director of Communication and Development for Iberoamerica
Political Network for Values
diegohernandez@politicalnetworkforvalues.org

 

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