Statement of Vincenzo Bassi, President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE)

Brussels, 23 June 2021

“Once again the Women’s Rights Commission of the European Parliament proposes a document which, although legally non-binding, presents a series of claims based on stereotypes and ideology rather than on reality and common sense.

Reading the FEMM motion for a resolution “on the situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU, in the frame of women’s health”, it would seem that the greatest problem for women in Europe today is access to so-called reproductive rights. That’s it? In many European countries today, isn’t it more difficult to carry a pregnancy to term?

Instead, why not focus on the future in order to reverse the current demographic winter, while respecting the competences of the European Union?

MEPs should therefore rather promote investments in the acceptance of unborn life through policies of integral and truly sustainable development that is capable of rewarding motherhood.

With this proposal, however, we look away from the various priorities of families and women in Europe, while disrespecting the principle of subsidiarity. How is it possible that a woman should feel ashamed of motherhood, the most beautiful gift? as Pope Francis asked in his opening address to the General States of birth. It is society should be ashamed, he continued, not the woman.

A good sign any MEP could give would be to vote against this report. Any vote against this proposal will be a sign of hope for the Europeans of tomorrow.”