The European Parliament adopted a controversial resolution “on the situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU” today identifying abortion on demand as a “human right” and going after the conscience rights of doctors who refuse to perform abortions.
Authored by Predrag Fred Matić, a Member of European Parliament from Croatia, the report upon which the resolution was based is the first in 10 years to address sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and makes several controversial statements regarding abortion and abortion access.
It has been the source of tremendous controversy and debate in the European Union.
In the report, Matić calls on all of the European Union Member States to, “ensure universal access to safe and legal abortion [and]…review their national legal provisions on abortion and bring them into line with international human rights standards…by ensuring that abortion at request is legal in early pregnancy and, when needed, beyond if the pregnant person’s health or life is in danger.”
The report goes on to state, “One of the most problematic barriers is the denial of medical care based on personal beliefs, where medical professionals often do not perform abortions, calling upon their personal beliefs...This is an evident and multidimensional violation and practical denial of exercising an already achieved legal right.”
Not only does this report call on all European Union Member States to allow for legal abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, it also asks them to require medical professionals to perform abortions and provide contraception even when it violates their deeply held religious beliefs.
Representatives for the most expansive network of pregnancy help organizations in the world denounced the declaration of abortion as a "human right," and expressed concern over the resolution’s adoption and what it means for regard for the sanctity of human life in Europe going forward.
"It is an absolute oxymoron to say that abortion, the intentional killing of a human being, can be a "human" right," Heartbeat International President Jor-El Godsey told Pregnancy Help News. "Abortion proponents in Europe, in their desperation to protect their ideology, have abortion on demand at any time, for any reason, are paving the way for governments to be able to force abortions. This is not humane. It is not even human."
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“This is very disappointing,” said Andrea Trudden, Heartbeat's director of Communications and Marketing. “The first of any human right is the right to life and the European Parliament just declared that a person can now measure the worth of another.”
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The news of this vote comes as a terrible blow to the European pro-life community.
When asked for a comment, Cornelia Kaminski, the Federal Chairwoman of Aktion Lebensrecht für Alle (ALfA – Campaign Right to Life for All) told Pregnancy Help News:
“The Matić Report that was adopted today in the European Parliament has repercussions for Europe that, I believe, many MEPs who voted in its favour cannot imagine. The principle of subsidiarity is a core principle of the treaties that are the basis of the European Union. The report disregards this principle: abortion and health care are the affairs of the member states only, and not part of the competence of the European Union. This document claims otherwise, as it repeatedly says that it “calls upon” and “urges” member states to pass laws that promote abortion, surrogacy, and sexual education according to the WHO guidelines.”
Kaminski goes on to state, “Framing a right to abortion and surrogacy as part of the European Union’s fight for gender equality is the first step towards establishing binding European laws for all member states that favour abortion, end the freedom of conscience for doctors, the freedom of religion for hospitals and medical staff, [and] the freedom of speech for NGOs that fight against the killing of innocent unborn children."
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Both the Commission of Bishops of the European Union and the Polish Bishops’ Conference had released statements against the Matić Report that were republished in articles by the official Vatican News agency, according to the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).
C-Fam reported as well that at the European Parliament resolution vote, “abortion advocates were militant in their speeches during a heated debate and resorted to violent and fearful rhetoric.”
Consequently, abortion rights activists are overjoyed at the news of today’s vote.
The Women’s Rights Foundation (based in Malta) posted this on their Facebook page:
“Matic report on Sexual and Reproductive rights has been adopted by the EU parliament.!!!
There are no words to describe the importance of this vote for all women and all marginalised groups in the EU.
quoting from the report:
"...a total ban on abortion care or denial of abortion care is a form of gender-based violence.”
The full impact of the Matić Report remains to be seen, but the reverberations and negative impact on unborn life will surely be felt both in the European Union and worldwide.
Editor's note: Heartbeat International manages Pregnancy Help News.