European Parliament adopts resolution demanding the right to a safe abortion
BRUSSELS, June 24 (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution calling on the 27 countries of the bloc to guarantee the right to a legal and safe abortion with the aim of improving women’s sexual and reproductive health.
The non-binding resolution, passed by 378 votes to 255, said the COVID-19 pandemic had limited access to many services crucial for sexual and reproductive health and rights, illustrating how the pandemic has affected women more. only men.
The vote came on the same day as a referendum in Gibraltar on whether to relax one of Europe’s toughest abortion laws.
While most of Europe has legalized abortion, some countries impose restrictions and deep divisions on abortion rights persist.
Rights activists say women’s rights in Europe have come under pressure in recent years, especially in Poland, whose nationalist government has introduced a de facto ban on abortion.
The parliamentary resolution calls on EU countries to step up regular medical examinations, improve access to contraception and fertility treatment and fight menstrual poverty.
He calls for the adoption of laws to protect the rights of intersex people and demands better sex education for children.
The vote followed a heated debate in the chamber, where lawmakers ended up voting on more than 50 amendments to the resolution.
Supporters argued that strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights is necessary to ensure equality and respect democratic human rights.
Opponents said access to abortion would not improve women’s health and that the right to life was fundamental.
Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Giles Elgood
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