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Tuesday’s ruling of the European Court of Human Rights gave a sharp rebuke to a French court decision while simultaneously overturning their adoption legislation. The ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) took on the case of a French teacher who was denied permission to adopt based upon her homosexuality. Because French law allows single parent petitions, the court ruled that France had discriminated against the woman and awarded her 10,000 euros in punitive damages.

The lawyer for the teacher rejoiced in the decision in an interview with LeFigaro, “Now, France can no longer refuse approval of adoption to a single person because she is homosexual.”  I imagine, however, Europeans opposed to a European constitution and expansion of EU powers weren’t quite as enthusiastic.

Italy

 In Lombardia (the northern region of Milan and Como), the period of time a woman can obtain an abortion was shortened to 22 weeks and 3 days from 24 weeks

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