On the 20th of January this year, the Women Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) will be discussing in the European Parliament the Tarabella report. The “Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela!” petition was launched and we invite citizens across Europe who wish to stand up for human dignity and respect for the principle of subsidiarity to sign this petition.
Marc Tarabella, a Socialist MEP from Belgium, has been tasked by the FEMM Committee to draft a report on Gender Equality. He is using the occasion yet again to re-open questions that the Parliament, in rejecting the infamous “Estrela Report“, has declared settled on December 10, 2013. The MEP's adopted then 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”.
Mr Tarabella is leading an attempt to convince the European Parliament to accept the following provision: “The European Parliament (…) maintains that women must have control over their sexual and reproductive rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion; accordingly supports measures and actions to improve women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services and inform them more fully about their rights and the services available; calls on the Member States and the Commission to implement measures and actions to make men aware of their responsibilities for sexual and reproductive matters”.
Mr Tarabella’s move is incoherent as the European Parliament already stated that there is no EU competence on the issue of abortion.
What is clearly being violated here is the principle of subsidiarity that each EU member state holds on to so dearly. It is this principle that helps each country to maintain its identity, it is this principle that makes EU's slogan “Unity in diversity” rather than “unity and uniformity”.
ECPM is dedicated to respecting this principle and disagrees with any attempts of violating it. We call on all EU citizens to stand up and send a strong and united signal to the European Parliament through this petition ahead of the votes that will take place first in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on 20 January 2015.
You can sign the petition here.
(source FAFCE )