Members of the European Parliament voted today to promote abortion following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The international body voted to condemn the highest American court for allowing states to protect babies from abortions and called killing babies a “fundamental right.”
The European Parliament passed the motion 324-155 to condemn the Supreme Court and say abortion should be a right included in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.Some 38 MEPs abstained from the vote.
The resolution calls on member nations to add a sentence reading “Everyone has a right to safe and legal abortion” to the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The motion asked the European Commission to spend more money to promote abortion in the continent and elsewhere.
During the debate, EU countries like Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia were criticized for their pro-life policies.
Despite the pro-abortion majority, Manfred Weber, the president of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest group in the EU chamber, voted against the motion despite the support of most of his EPP colleagues.
Many of the MEPs said they were fighting for the rights of women even though abortions have killed millions of girl babies.
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“It teaches us a lesson: Women’s and girls’ human rights can never be taken for granted, and we must always fight to defend them,” Swedish politician Helene Fritzon, who is vice president of a parliamentary alliance of Socialists and Democrats, said.
Underscoring fears that anti-abortion movements might expand in Europe, some legislators said they wanted to see EU-wide protections adopted.
“The United States has clearly shown why we must use every tool available to safeguard abortion rights in the European Union,” said Stéphane Séjourné the president of the liberal Renew Europe group in the EU Parliament.
In Ireland, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Eilís Mulroy responded to the proposal in comments to LifeNews:
“Whilst this is a non-binding resolution, its significance should not be underrated. Its text is extreme in tone and, if ever implemented, it would strip away even the most basic protections for unborn children against abortion across the 27 EU member states. Not only would this seriously undermine the principles of human rights by turning them on their head, but it would also have a drastic consequence for national sovereignty across Europe. Every government has the right to introduce laws to protect the most vulnerable and defenceless members of society – unborn children.”
“It is regrettable to see Fianna Fáil MEP Barry Andrews sponsoring this extremist resolution as part of the ALDE group, which begs the question whether his party supports the principles contained in it? Even in the aftermath of the 2018 referendum, the constitution was amended to allow the Oireachtas to legislate for Irish abortion policy. If the contents of this resolution were to be implemented, it would force through a one-size-fits-all radical abortion policy at the EU level that would severely undermine Irish sovereignty and our ability to legislate future abortion policy. It’s a pity that our EU representatives aren’t as interested in promoting positive support for mothers and their babies rather than focussing on life-ending policies.”
“Irish MEPs should vote against this proposal and bear in mind the wishes of their constituents. At least one third of the Irish electorate voted to retain Ireland’s constitutional protections for the unborn child in 2018, whilst many thousands more – including those who voted Yes – would abhor efforts to introduce such a radical and sweeping abortion agenda at the EU level. If adopted, this resolution would send a dark and disturbing signal out which would further marginalise and stigmatise efforts to protect the right to life of the unborn child globally.”