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The European Commission has supported the position of the European Parliament regarding “Reproductive health”

Published: 20.01.2014

On the 16. of January during the morning plenary session of the European Parliament, in connection with the submission by the European Commission's "Statement of non-discrimination in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights in this area (SRHR)", held a parliamentary debate on that issue. This situation was so much surprising that the European Parliament just a month earlier adopted a resolution on SRHR, recognizing, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, that the issue of this is solely the responsibility of individual Member States and is not a problem which should be dealt with at EU level.

There were serious concerns, that by using art. 110 of the European Parliament, the pro-abortion lobby will attempt Estrela report to be put to the vote again. However, that point has not been reported on the agenda. What's more, a statement of the European Commission issued during the meeting confirmed, in a very clear way, opinion of European Parliament form 10. December 2013.


The debate was initiated in order to exert pressure on Spanish Government by left-wing groups of European Parliament. Spanish government is currently preparing to change of Spanish laws governing the issue of the admissibility of women undergoing an abortion procedure. On the press conference, organized the day before by the GUE / NGL Group (Nordic Green Left), several members expressed support for the efforts of the Spanish government, seeking to impose restrictions on the availability of abortion. GUE / NGL Groups announced a declaration on “Spanish government project withdrawal force of the law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary abortion”. This statement is therefore a means of political pressure from members of the European Parliament on Spain and ipso facto counter to the political opinion of the EP. Therefore, with satisfaction should be noted the fact that the European Commission is also clearly affirmed in his statement, the principle of subsidiarity and not succumbed to the pressures of politicians representing the interests of providers of abortion procedures.

This circumstance clearly shows that Estrela report, prepared by the pro-abortion lobbyists,  is clearly jumped by leftist and liberal political parties and groups that do not count with fundamental for the EU system, the principle of subsidiarity.  Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union states that "in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only if and to the extent to which the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, either at central level or at regional and local level, by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action, be better achieved at Union level."  Thus, the European Parliament has confirmed that the ethical issues that are related to national culture and the realities of social life in the country, should be dealt at the level of Member States.

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