Tarabella report breaches the subsidiarity principle. Abortion and SRHR are NOT EU competences

Besides the already mentioned Pantzeri report, another controversial report where the European Parliament oversteps the competence of the EU and breaches the EU principle of subsidiarity: the Tarabella report.

Mr Tarabella is the rapporteur of the annual European Parliament report on the equality between women and men in the European Union. A similar annual report was rejected in 2014, then known as the “Zuber report”. That report: “Maintains that women must have control over their sexual and reproductive health and rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion” (paragraph 45).

Mr Tarabella’s move is incoherent as the European Parliament already stated that there is no EU competence on the issue of abortion. Nevertheless, during the meetings of the European Parliament on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, he has stated his determination to promote a “right to abortion”. It is therefore necessary to reaffirm what the European Parliament said on 10 December 2013.

On 10 December 2013 the European Parliament rejected the so-called Estrela Report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” (SRHR). In its place, the Members of the European Parliament adopted 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”.

The ECPM is very concerned and calls on the Members of the European Parliament to vote against this breach of EU competence! The message is clear: the EU is not competent to decide on issues such as abortion or sexual education in schools. These are national competences and, by no means, issues to be decided on in Brussels.

Hundreds of thousands of citizens opposed the Estrela Report in 2013! An important victory in favour of human dignity, subsidiarity and popular expression!

Important ground was won through this victory: thanks to the mobilisation of citizens across the European continent, the European Parliament rejected a major attempt to promote a “right to abortion” at the EU level.

We therefore recommend you to sign this petition initiated by the FAFCE (the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe) to send a strong and united signal from citizens to the European Parliament ahead of the votes that will take place during the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on 10 and March. 

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