On Monday 18th of May 2015 at the office of the Patriarchate of Romania in Brussels was organized a meeting between the Orthodox Representatives in Brussels and COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community) for discussing the EU policy on the Reduction of Maternal Deaths in Developing countries for 2015-2020. The Rev. f. Dr. Jean Boboc who is a medical doctor and a professor at the Faculty of Theology at Saint Serge University on the topic of bioethics gave a speech to the participants on this topic. F. Jean explained the orthodox and theological perspective of the conception of man, the respect of human dignity, about the various forms of conception, as well as the discussions and the trends that are now in France and in the euro-parliament concerning abortions.
After the speech of f. Jean, the participants discussed about the up-coming meeting on the 26 of May 2015 of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the level of European Council and the efforts that are being made by a number of European countries (UK, Germany, France etc.) aiming a unanimity from the member states concerning the sexual and reproductive rights. The adoption of these will allow EU to support financially the reduction of maternal deaths for the developed countries that reaches 16%, which in numbers are approximately 47.000 every year. Some of EU’s countries have objected (Malta, Hungary, Spain, Ireland etc.) in this political action because it is basically a financial support for performing abortions. The USA is refusing the economical support of such programs in countries of Africa that are involved in abortions. The same approach is also kept by all Islamic states.
The Representatives of the Orthodox Churches as a first step will inform their countries governments as well as all of the governmental officers that are involved in this topic for the position of the Orthodox Church.
The Church of Cyprus was represented at the meeting by His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis and Deacon f. Nektarios Ioannou.