The European Parliament has adopted the controversial Tarabella-Report on gender equality, but the outcome of the vote is contradictory. On the one hand, it was not possible to mobilize sufficient support from conservative MEPs to remove from the report language that bizarrely puts the abortion of children into the context of a “fundamental right” of women, while on the other hand an amendment was introduced to recall that all matters relating to abortion and “sexual and reproductive health” are in fact an exclusive competence of Member States, not of the EU. (This reconfirms what was already stated in the resolution that replaced the infamous “Estrela Report” in December 2013, and can thus be seen as a pro-life success)
As a result, the report adopted today is not only not legally binding (which is always the case for such so-called “initiative reports”), but it pronounces an EP position on a matter for which the EP, in the very same documents, asserts to have no competence. Continue reading
… and the petition is still open for signatures. Irrespective of the outcome of today’s debate (17.00, here) and tomorrow’s vote in the European Parliament’s Plenary, this clearly documents that European citizens are opposed to the shameful attempt of socialist MEPs to fabricate a so-called “right to abortion” through two new legally non-binding initiative reports.
A non-legislative initiative report that even prior to its adoption causes more than 60.000 citizens to write a protest e-mail is certainly a remarkable, albeit negative, achievement for the European Parliament. This is now happening for the second time to a report on equality between men and women drafted by the Belgian Socialist MEP Marc Tarabella, who is trying to represent a “right to abortion” as a pre-condition for such equality.
Already in January, there was an on-line petition to the EP that was signed by more than 60.000 citizens to protest against the FEMM Committee’s approbation of the draft. Now, in view of the report being voted in Plenary next week, there is a second petition, which in just the few days has collected more than 70.000 signatures – this time not only against the Tarabella Report, but also against the “Panzeri Report” on human rights and democracy in the world in 2013, which also seeks to introduce the absurd notion of a “right to abortion”. Continue reading
A conference entitled “All of us! Mobilizing for abortion rights” will be hosted by radical pro-abortion politicians in the European Parliament as part of an extra effort to mobilize all their forces prior to the upcoming plenary vote on the controversial so-called “Tarabella-Report“.
Following this event on webstream will be of interest also for pro-lifers – in particular those who, not being located in Brussels, might want to familiarize themselves with the main protagonists of the Brussels-based pro-abortion lobby.
The draft conference programme is here. Continue reading
Unimpressed by massive civil society protest, the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) has today adopted a draft report by the Belgian Socialist Marc Tarabella on the “the Progress on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2013”, which (inter alia) pushes for unlimited “access to abortion” as a human right.
The FEMM Committee is a Committee where radical feminist MEPs have a structural majority, as other MEPs usually prefer to work on issues where the Parliament has the competence to make binding decisions. The FEMM Committee only produces non-binding “initiative reports”.
The controversial Tarabella draft will be voted in one of the European Parliament’s next plenary sessions. In the meantime, the petition against it, which already has been signed by nearly 50.000 citizens, remains open for signature.
If this continues, the European Parliament’s Tarabella-Report, through which radical MEPs in the FEMM Committe seek to endorse (inter alia) the hypothesis of a “right to abortion”, will break all records to become the Parliament’s most unpopular non-binding “initiative report” ever. The petition against it, launched only four days ago, already has been signed by more than 32.000 citizens, and new endorsements continue pouring in.
The FEMM Committee is planning to discuss the controversial draft tomorrow. The meeting will be webstreamed.
On CitizenGO, there is a new petition to the European Parliament, asking MEPs to reject the pro-abortion Tarabella-Report.
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 back in 2013. In particular, the Tarabella draft is a new attempt to make the Parliament sign up to a “right to abortion”, while back in 2013 the Parliament had explicitly recognized 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”.