European Parliament Urges Inclusion of Abortion in EU Charter

A resolution urging the inclusion of legal abortion in the European Union’s (EU) charter of basic rights was approved by the European Parliament.

The resolution’s text denounced the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which granted women the right to safe and legal abortion.

The European Parliament expressed that it is “Deeply concerned about the fact that bans and other restrictions on abortion disproportionately affect” American women from different walks of life. 

The resolution received 324 votes in favor, 155 votes against, and 38 abstentions on Thursday. 

Within the EU, only Malta has a total prohibition on abortions. Meanwhile, due to regulations in Poland, safe and legal abortions are only permitted in situations involving rape, incest, or when the pregnant person’s life is in danger.

The EU resolution also urged its member states to guarantee access to “Safe, legal, and free abortion services, to prenatal and maternal healthcare services and supplies, voluntary family planning, contraception, youth-friendly services, and to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support, without discrimination.”

The EU legislators also asked their American counterparts to support federal protection for abortion.

Swedish EU parliament member Helen Fritzon expressed that abortion is “Not a question of politics, opinions or religion. It is, and always must remain, a person’s free choice.”

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