Giusto Catania, an Italian MEP, calls upon EU member-states to guarantee access to “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
The resolution, authored by Giusto Catania, an Italian Communist MEP, calls upon EU member-states to guarantee access to "sexual and reproductive health and rights", a term which is often interpreted to include abortion on demand. A vote was taken on the resolution on 14th January 2009
On Wednesday, 15th January 2009, members of the European Parliament approved a resolution that could be used to promote abortion throughout the continent. Pro-life advocates opposed it because it could wind up pressuring the handful of pro-life nations to legalize abortions. Those countries include Poland, Ireland, Andorra and Malta and other nations have limits on late-term abortions.
Proposed by Giusto Catania, an Italian Communist MEP, the measure calls on each of the 27 member states to legally guarantee access to "sexual and reproductive rights" that can be interpreted to mean abortion. Catania based his motion on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, part of the Lisbon treaty, even though neither the charter nor the treaty have become law.
In article 75, the resolution, which bases its arguments on the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, calls for Member States that have already recognized same-sex civil unions in law to also recognize similar unions contracted by homosexual couples in other Member States.
Member States with same-sex partnership legislation, says the resolution, should “propose guidelines for mutual recognition of existing legislation between Member States in order to guarantee that the right of free movement within the European Union for same-sex couples applies under conditions equal to those applicable to heterosexual couples.”
Mr. Giusto Catania
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