Although the Estrela resolution focusing on "sexual and genetic rights" was rejected twice, namely on 22 October and 10 December 2013 (Gènéthique press review on October 21st, 2014), the European Commission has just announced that it will make a statement on "non-discrimination in the framework of sexual and reproductive health" during the European Parliament’s next plenary session on 16 January in Strasbourg. This is one way of returning to the résolution Estrela (Estrela resolution), which aims to make abortion a basic right.
In this respect, the Commission is basing its decision on Rule 110 of European Parliamentary Rules according to which "members of the Commission, Council and the European Council may at any time ask the President of Parliament for permission to make a statement". The article states that "when placing a statement with a debate on its agenda, Parliament should decide whether or not to wind up the debate with a resolution". Consequently, if it is not adopted by the Parliamentary Commission, the Estrela resolution could be represented "by a parallel procedure".
This line has been taken despite the fact that the European Parliament adopted the following alternative resolution on 10 December 2013 (2013/2040 (INI)): "the definition and implementation of policies relating to health and sexual and genetic rights as well as sex education in schools come under Member State jurisdiction".
In concrete terms, this new offensive from those in favour of abortion is launched in a specific context. In fact, on 20 January, France will be ready to debate the draft law relating to equality for men and women in which several provisions have been "slyly incorporated
" in order to "liberalise abortion,
" explains the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation. The Spanish Government has just adopted a draft law aimed at limiting recourse to abortion (Gènéthique press review on December 23rd, 2014
). This initiative is welcomed by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation since the previous draft bill was aimed at "limiting abortions of convenience and eugenic abortions
" essentially prohibiting "the removal of a child before birth unless the mother’s health was at risk or she had been raped