Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela! No EU support to abortion

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Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela! No EU support to abortion

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Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela! No EU support to abortion

The Tarabella report is a part of the "Estrela report puzzle" and aims at promoting a "right to abortion" through a European Parliament resolution. 

On 10 December 2013 the European Parliament rejected the so called Estrela Report on “Sexual and reproductive health and rights” (SRHR). In its place the Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution that reaffirmed the principle of subsidiarity and clearly stated that “the formulation and implementation of policies on SRHR and on sexual education in schools is a competence of the Member States”.

The message is clear: the EU is not competent to decide on issues such as abortion or sexual education in schools, it is a national competence and by no means not something to be decided on in Brussels.

Hundreds of thousands citizens opposed the Estrela Report in 2013! An important victory in favour of human dignity, subsidiarity and popular expression!

Important ground was won through this victory: thanks to the mobilisation of citizens across the European continent the European Parliament rejected a major attempt to promote a “right to abortion” at the EU level.

However, Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella from the Socialist group is currently challenging the principle of subsidiarity as regards “SRHR” by pushing one of the Estrela report’s main points, namely a “right to abortion”. Mr Tarabella is the rapporteur of the annual European Parliament report on the equality between women and men in the European Union – 2013. An annual report which was rejected in 2014, then known as the “Zuber report”.

Mr Tarabella is leading an attempt to convince the European Parliament to accept the following provision:

“The European Parliament (…)maintains that women must have control over their sexual and reproductive rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion; accordingly supports measures and actions to improve women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services and inform them more fully about their rights and the services available; calls on the Member States and the Commission to implement measures and actions to make men aware of their responsibilities for sexual and reproductive matters”.

Mr Tarabella’s move is incoherent as the European Parliament already stated that there is no EU competence on the issue of abortion. Nevertheless, during the meetings of the European Parliament Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee he has stated his determination to promote a “right to abortion”. It is therefore necessary to reaffirm what the European Parliament said on 10 December 2013.

Once again EU Citizens need to raise their voices to safeguard the principle of subsidiarity and prevent the newly elected European Parliament from adopting a report that would include a “right to abortion”.

Don't let Tarabella relaunch Estrela!

FAFCE invites you to sign this petition to send a strong and united signal from citizens to the European Parliament ahead of the votes that will take place first in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on 20 January 2015, then during the European Parliament plenary. 

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Petition to: EU Parliament

Dear MEP,

Hundreds of thousands citizens expressed their concern about the Estrela report in 2013. Their voices were heard: on10 December 2013the European Parliament adopted a resolution that clearly set the limits of competence regarding "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights". The resolution stated that “the formulation and implementation of policies on SRHR and on sexual education in schools is a competence of the Member States”.

Nevertheless, this position is now challenged by MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D) in his draft report on Equality between women and men in the European Union – 2013. Paragraph 14 of the draft report aims at promoting a "right to abortion" although this issue does not lie within the EU competence.

As an EU citizen I ask you to not allow the European Parliament to overstep its competence and stand up in favour of subsidiarity which is a founding principle of the EU.

Please reject paragraph 14 of the Tarabella report in the FEMM Committee on 20 January, and if the draft report was to be adopted with this paragraph or amendments promoting a "right to abortion" I invite you to reject the report in the plenary vote.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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