Patriarchate: By legalization prostutition would turn into financially grounded slavery

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The Romanian Patriarchate rejects the proposal on legalizing prostitution, which was worded by the presidential commission on analyzing social and demographic risks, and says that this measure would make the problem more serious „in the form of a financially grounded slavery.”

The Ethic and Legal Consultative Council of the Romanian Patriarchate convened on Wednesday in order to analyze some proposals in the report on „Social Risks and Inequities in Romania,” which was published on Tuesday, September 22, by the presidential commission on analyzing social and demographic risks, with a view to adopting an official viewpoint.

„Far from solving a serious social problem, the legalization of prostitution will make the problem more serious in the form of a financially grounded slavery, which intensifies the moral deterioration of society, the proliferation of various diseases and the increase in the number of divorces and the mental and physical health of the women caught in this slavery as well as their social dignity are irreversibly affected,” says the Romanian Patriarchate.

In the opinion of the Patriarchate, the mission of any norm setting document is to defend the person’s dignity, the institution of the family and the values of social life and „not to ignore the person’s dignity, the sacred institution of the family and public morality.” This is why prostitution is banned in numerous European countries such as Italy, Ireland, France, Luxembourg, but also in most US states, adds the Patriarchate.

Concerning the non-incrimination of the light drug consumption, the Ethic and Legal Consultative Council of the Romanian Patriarchate rejects this proposal too saying that it would encourage drug consumption even more.

„Now it is rather necessary for the State to get involved in stopping this phenomenon than try to legalize it. Because of the harmful effects on the bodily and spiritual health of the person taking drugs and of the dramatic consequences on the family and community, the drug consumption must be discouraged in any form, the development of specialist prevention and treatment services being necessary,” reads the release of the Romanian Patriarchate.

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