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"Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela!" - Sign the Petition against EU support to abortion!

Brussels, 15 January 2015 - Today FAFCE launched the Stop Tarabella relaunching Estrela! petition and invites citizens across Europe who wish to stand up for human dignity and respect for subsidiarity to sign this petition.

The Tarabella report is a part of the "Estrela report puzzle" and aims at promoting a "right to abortion" through a European Parliament resolution. Once again EU Citizens need to raise their voices to safeguard the principle of subsidiarity and prevent the newly elected European Parliament from adopting a report that would include a “right to abortion”.

Protect LifeOn 10 Dember 2013 the European Parliament rejected the so called Estrela Report on “Sexual and reproductive health and rights” (SRHR). In its place the Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution 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”.

The message is clear: the EU is not competent to decide on issues such as abortion or sexual education in schools, it is a national competence and by no means something to be decided on in Brussels.

Hundreds of thousands of citizens opposed the Estrela Report in 2013! An important victory in favour of human dignity, subsidiarity and popular expression!
Important ground was won through this victory: thanks to the mobilisation of citizens across the European continent the European Parliament rejected a major attempt to promote a “right to abortion” at the EU level.

However, Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella from the Socialist group is currently challenging the principle of subsidiarity as regards “SRHR” by pushing one of the Estrela report’s main points, namely a “right to abortion”. Mr Tarabella is the rapporteur of the annual European Parliament report on the equality between women and men in the European Union – 2013. An annual report which was rejected in 2014, then known as the “Zuber report”.

Mr Tarabella is leading an attempt to convince the European Parliament to accept the following provision:
“The European Parliament (…) maintains that women must have control over their sexual and reproductive rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion; accordingly supports measures and actions to improve women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services and inform them more fully about their rights and the services available; calls on the Member States and the Commission to implement measures and actions to make men aware of their responsibilities for sexual and reproductive matters”.

Mr Tarabella’s move is incoherent as the European Parliament already stated that there is no EU competence on the issue of abortion. Nevertheless, during the meetings of the European Parliament Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee he has stated his determination to promote a “right to abortion”. It is therefore necessary to reaffirm what the European Parliament said on 10 December 2013.

FAFCE calls on citizens to make their voice heard and  send a strong and united signal to the European Parliament through this petition ahead of the votes that will take place first in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on 20 January 2015, then during the European Parliament plenary. 


You can sign the petition here.

An analysis of the issue of abortion and subsidiarity can be found here.

What European Perspectives for Surrogacy?

On 22 October 2014, in Strasbourg, the EPP Working Group on bioethics and human dignity J Paillotsponsored a meeting on surrogacy.

The meeting, chaired by the Slovak MEP Miroslav Mikolášik, focused on the case of France, thanks to the exposé given par Mr Jean Paillot before MEPs, civil servants and European NGOs. A lawyer practicing in Strasbourg, teacher of Ethics and Bioethics at the Universities of Paris and Strasbourg, and expert at the Council of Europe, Mr Paillot is also the President of Strasbourg’s Catholic Family Associations. 

His presentation made very clear the inadmissibility of surrogacy according to French law, on the basis of the principle of the unavailability of the human person and the non-ownership of the human body.

FAFCE interviewed Jean Paillot after his presentation at the European Parliament, asking him about a European perspective on this practice which is becoming more and more widespread and which represents a threat for human dignity.

Read more: What European Perspectives for Surrogacy?

Individualism vs. the Common good? The adopted Lunacek report divides the EU

Brussels, 4 February 2014

Today, Tuesday 4 February, the European Parliament adopted a report on "The EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”, presented by Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek. A report founded on a study prepared by the LGBT lobby ILGA Europe, at the request of the LIBE Committee and supported by two thirds of the European Parliament.

In an open letter to the MEPs prior to the vote Antoine Renard, President of FAFCE, asked the Members of the European Parliament "Should private sex life be a guideline for EU policies?” 

Read more: Individualism vs. the Common good? The adopted Lunacek report divides the EU

Open Letter to the MEPs on the Lunacek Report: Should private sex life be a guideline for EU policies? An attack on filiation, subsidiarity and social peace in the EU – the effects of the Lunacek Report

On 1st February FAFCE addressed an open letter to the Members of the European Parliament regarding the Lunacek report on an EU LGBT Roadmap. The full letter is available below.

Brussels, 1st February 2014

Dear MEP,

On Tuesday 4 February you will vote on the report on an EU LGBT Roadmap (the “Lunacek report”). Before this vote please let me draw your attention to three points I invite you to consider.

One’s private sex life should not be a guideline for public policies. The EU must ensure the full enjoyment of all fundamental rights by all citizens. Member States implement fundamental rights and guarantee the balance between the right to equal opportunities and other fundamental rights. Whatever choices one makes in one’s private sex life, fundamental rights are the same for all citizens. There should not be a categorization of fundamental rights according to one’s sexual inclinations.

Read more: Open Letter to the MEPs on the Lunacek Report: Should private sex life be a guideline for EU...

The EU and Abortion: a twofold need for subsidiarity

echo bdBrussels, 16 January 2014

Following a statement on the behalf of the European Commission on “Non-discrimination in the framework of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)”, a debate took place at the plenary session of the European Parliament this morning. For observers of the European Parliament it surprising to see this item on the plenary agenda as a resolution on the issue of SRHR was adopted only a month ago and set a clear limit, namely that SRHR is solely the competence of the Member States and not an issue to be dealt with at the EU level.

The statement of the European Commission was crystal clear and reaffirmed the position adopted by the European Parliament, underlining that the EU should not interfere in the area of SRHR but that it’s the Member States’ responsibility to address this issue.

Read more: The EU and Abortion: a twofold need for subsidiarity

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