In a debate last week in the European Parliament around the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, Romanian member Cristian Terheș, a representative of the National Peasants Party, dismantled radical European leftists promoting extreme gender ideology.
Terheș told the European Parliament, “A woman, regardless of the age, is not a matter of feeling, or the decision of a political majority, or a social construct, as this convention claims, but an ontological, biological and genetical reality that is clearly different than a man. Acknowledging, even in the law, that a man can identify as a woman, is a woman, is simply absurd, and actually the biggest threat to women. A man can claim that he identifies as a car, but that does not mean in a sane society we give that person a license plate instead of an ID card. This gender ideology is clearly undermining womankind and is a dream come true for male perverts who can claim now that they identify as women and are allowed to serve sentences in female prisons where in some instances they left some pregnant. To protect women against any kind of violence and abuse we need to define first their identity, which is not a matter of feeling but a matter of ontological, biological, and genetical fact which is different than that of a man.”
Romania’s representative explained on Twitter that the debate over the Istanbul Convention “is not just about combating violence against women (all sane people oppose violence against women), but redefining what a woman is. According to this Convention, “gender” is not related to a biological sex anymore, but “the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.” To claim that womanhood is not a reality in itself, but something so fluid, relative and uncertain so others – i.e. society – have to agree on what is or “considers appropriate” to be is simply absurd. If this is not the biggest threat to womanhood, then what is?”
In an effort to shut down any debate on the subject, three Socialist members of the European Parliament, Malin Björk, Evin Incir, and Samira Rafaela, drafted a letter to the President of the Parliament, Roberta Metsola, asking that an investigation be opened against Terheș and two other MEPs, accusing them of “making statements that incite hatred.”