The European Parliament is one of two legislative bodies of the EU, a political and economic union of 27 member states. In early June, a motion for a resolution was introduced on the topic of “Global threats to abortion rights: the possible overturning of abortion rights in the U.S. by the Supreme Court.”
After the Dobbs decision was released, the European Parliament discussed a new resolution on July 4, which proposes to add a “right to abortion” as “Article 7a,” to the list of 50 rights in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights in the European Union. It would follow Article 7: “respect for private and family life.”
Portaru said “the proposed text of this non-binding resolution is fundamentally inaccurate and misleading. There is no ‘right’ to abortion — on the contrary, Article 2 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union upholds the right to life for everyone.”
“The radical attempt by Members of the European Parliament to pressure countries to adopt an extreme regime — abortion without limit through all nine months of pregnancy — represents a move which is greatly out of touch with the European people,” she continued. “In fact, a survey of 30 European countries shows that 6 out of 7 Europeans support some form of limit on abortion that would protect women and their unborn children.”
Vincenzo Bassi, a lawyer and president of the Federation of Catholic Families (FAFCE), said in a statement to CNA that “the recognition of an alleged right to abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, would be in flagrant contradiction to the Charter itself, which enshrines in its first two articles the inviolability of human dignity and the right to life.”
FAFCE is an umbrella organization which promotes Catholic values about the family to the European Union and European Council.