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Croatian MEP considers lack of access to abortion as “a form of violence”

Several initiatives in the European Parliament aim at stigmatising all forms of protection of life. This is indicated by the report prepared by a Croatian Member of the European Parliament.


The Predrag Fred Matić report aims to get the European Parliament to adopt a resolution that recognises abortion as a human right. The report criticises the rights that protect the unborn and states that it is abortion that is recognised as a “human right” in international and European regulations. And restricting access to it is a violation of this right. In his report, the MEP explicitly emphasises that the protection of life is “a violation of human rights” and is “a form of gender-based violence”.

The Matić report wants to go beyond the arbitrary imposition of abortion as a human right. The awareness of the society in this regard is to be changed. Thus, in schools, children would be indoctrinated and doctors would not be able to express conscientious objection. This last element is considered by the report to be “one of the most problematic obstacles” and it also qualifies abortion as a form of medical care.

The report covers the report on the sexual and reproductive health situation and rights. This report was recently adopted by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and will be put to the vote in Parliament on the 23rd of June.

Margarita de la Pisa, MEP from the Spanish conservative party VOX, has already called for the report’s rejection. She pointed out that abortion is a legal and human aberration and attacks Western values.

In turn, Prof. Ryszard Legutko, co-chairman of the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, asked the European Parliament not to allow voting. In his opinion, the proposed solutions unlawfully encroach on national competencies and interfere with health and education.


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