EU Parliament to vote on the "right to abortion"

The EU Parliament has already said that abortion is not an EU competence

 

EU Parliament to vote on the "right to abortion"

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EU Parliament to vote on the "right to abortion"

This campaign is a continuation of the campaign against the Tarabella report which was released last January 15, and managed to attract 60,413 signatures.

The European Parliament is about to vote on two reports that contain paragraphs that promote a so-called “right to abortion”. If these paragraphs are adopted, the European Parliament would both express support for abortion on behalf of the EU and overstep the competence of the EU, thereby treading on the principle of subsidiarity.

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. These are national competences and, by no means, issues 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, two reports are currently challenging the principle of subsidiarity as regards “SRHR” by pushing one of the Estrela report’s main points, namely a “right to abortion”. 

The “Tarabella Report”Mr Tarabella is the rapporteur of the annual European Parliament report on the equality between women and men in the European Union. A similar annual report was rejected in 2014, then known as the “Zuber report”. That report: “Maintains that women must have control over their sexual and reproductive health and rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion” (paragraph 45).

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 on 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.

The “Panzeri Report”: the Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2013 and the European Union’s Policy on the matter, presented by Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri from the S&D group, “calls for the EU and its Member States to recognise (…) the right to access voluntary family planning and safe and legal abortion (paragraph 136).

Once again EU Citizens need to raise their voices to safeguard the principle of subsidiarity and prevent the newly-elected European Parliament from adopting not one, but two reports that would include a “right to abortion”.

Don't let the EU support abortion!

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 during the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on 10 and 12 March. 

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Respect Subsidiarity and the Right to Life

Dear MEP,

Hundreds of thousands citizens expressed their concern about the Estrela report in 2013. Their voices were heard: on 10 December, 2013 the 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 two reports: the one on Equality between women and men in the European Union – 2013, presented by your colleague Marc Tarabella (S&D), and the Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2013 and the European Union’s Policy on the matter, presented by Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D).

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 the paragraphs that promote a "right to abortion" (par. 44 & 45 in the Tarabella Report; par 136 in the Panzeri report), if these are not rejected I invite you to reject the report in the plenary vote.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

EU Parliament to vote on the "right to abortion"

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