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Theme: The EU and Abortion

February 13, 2007

C-FAM: Overseas Abortion More Important than Overseas Education, According to EU (2002)

According to a member of the European Parliament, Irish taxes may soon contribute to a European Union initiative to provide abortions throughout the developing world, even though abortion is unconstitutional in Ireland. Dana Rosemary Scallon, Connacht/Ulster MEP, has stated that “the Irish government can no longer remain silent on this matter. The Irish people deserve to be informed and consulted, and have the right to decide in accordance with their conscience and their constitution, if they want their tax money to fund a compulsory EU programme which will impose abortion, without debate, on the poorest countries.”

Scallon is referring to the Sandbaek report, a European parliament document intended to be the blueprint for EU international aid over the next five years. The report directs that “the [European] community shall provide financial assistance and appropriate expertise with a view to promoting the recognition of reproductive and sexual rights…and universal access to a comprehensive range of safe and reliable reproductive and sexual health services.” In population control parlance, reproductive services include abortion.

Catholic World News: European Countries Forced To Fund Abortion Through EU Contributions (2003)

The Development Committee of the European Parliament adopted nearly unanimously on Tuesday the Sandbaek Report on “Reproductive and sexual health and rights in developing countries.” Due to the overwhelming support for the report, the text will be submitted to the Parliament’s plenary session for voting without debate or amendment.

The report opens the possibility of EU funding of abortions from its developmental aid budget. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has expressed disappointment and grave concern at the move.

John Smeaton, national director of SPUC, said: “On account of the fact that EU regulations take precedence over national law, all EU member states will now be obliged to fund abortions overseas through their EU contributions. This includes Ireland, which has a pro-life constitution, as well as the pro-life accession countries such as Malta and Poland when they become full EU members. We are deeply concerned by this development because abortion law is not within the competence of the European Union, but a pro-abortion agenda is being pushed through without proper democratic scrutiny or informed debate.”

The main author of the report, Danish MEP Ulla Sandbaek, told an Irish radio station in November that the new regulation would mean that abortions would be legally funded by the EU. Smeaton said SPUC will do all it can to alert people to this fact which, “if it is allowed to stand, will mean that the EU will become one of the foremost promoters of a pro-abortion culture of death around the world.”

He added that Europeans in EU countries would be encouraged to contact their MEPs and ask them to vote against the regulation when it comes before the Parliament next month.

Brussels Journal: EU to Catholic Doctors: Thou Shalt Abort (2005)

A European Union advisory panel has issued a statement saying that medical professionals are not allowed to refuse to participate in abortions. According to the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights doctors should be forced to perform abortions, even if they have conscientious objections, because the right to abort a child is an “international human right.”

The Network, which consists of one expert per EU member state, assists the European Commission and the European Parliament in developing EU policy on fundamental rights. The Network wrote a 40-page opinion stressing that the right to conscientious objection is not “unlimited.” The opinion was given in connection with a proposed treaty between the Vatican and Slovakia. This treaty includes a guarantee that Catholic hospitals in Slovakia will not be legally obliged to “perform artificial abortions, artificial or assisted fertilizations, experiments with or handling of human organs, human embryos or human sex cells, euthanasia, cloning, sterilizations, [and] acts connected with contraception.”

The Network states that agreements which guarantee Catholic doctors and nurses a right not to be involved in abortions violate EU law….

LifeSite: EU Threatens to Withdraw Aid to Nicaragua if Pro-Life Law Remains (2007)

Representatives from the European Union are increasing pressure on the government of Nicaragua to reverse its recent law which unilaterally forbids abortion under any circumstances. According to a report from the Catholic News Agency, the EU representation has threatened to withdraw economic assistance to the country if the abortion law is not reversed.

Nicaragua’s new abortion law was unanimously voted in by the Nicaraguan Legislature in October, 2006 and signed into law by then President Enrique Bolanos the following month. Nicaragua’s new president, Daniel Ortega voiced his support of the pro-life law in his election campaign.

Marc Litvine, the EU representative to Nicaragua, said that the EU regards legalized abortion as “linked to aid programs against poverty and to the rights of women”. He expressed hope that “the new government will be capable of opening the debate and discussing it outside the passion of the electoral season.”

According to an interview published in Managua’s El Nuevo Diario newspaper, Litvine said that the EU is “concerned” about the recent law. Litvine also accused the supporters of the law of pushing it through in a “hurried” fashion in the days leading up to the election.

Opponents of the pro-life law have argued that it was used as a platform for electoral candidates. The United Nations, organizations such as Human Rights Watch and various feminist groups have condemned the law arguing that it will lead to more clandestine abortions which will, in turn, lead to the deaths of more women. Several organizations have said that they will challenge the constitutionality of the law, calling abortion a “fundamental human right.”

The Parliament: EU deputies welcome Portuguese abortion vote (2007)

Centre-left MEPs have welcomed the decision of the Portuguese authorities to legalise abortion following this weekend’s referendum.

“Women in Portugal should finally be able to have the same rights as women in the rest of the EU. The choice of abortion is a profoundly personal and private decision, and the state should not impose its morality,” said Hungarian MEP Zita Gurmai, the most senior female centre-left deputy.

Recommended Site:
Euro-Fam

See also:
Wikipedia: Sandbaek Report
BBC News: Europe’s abortion rules
Jeff Mirus/Cathoilc Culture: UN, EU, World Court, Supreme Court: Subsidiarity, Anyone?

Related Posts:
Report: Pope tells Catholics to Oppose Abortion, Euthanasia in Pro-Life Speech

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