D66 adopted a motion to ‘End the compulsory period of reflection to terminate a pregnancy’ at their 115th Congress. This is a clear reaction to the American current bill that is being discussed banning all abortions from conception.
Group leader in the 2nd Chamber of Representatives, Jan Paternotte, is very clear and stated:
‘Women don not need a mandatory waiting period to make an educated decision. That's unnecessary and burdensome.’
The banning of the reflection period was one of the motions that was adopted at the party’s Congress in ‘s Hertogenbosch on 18 June. Party members and elected representatives gathered under the theme: ‘Let everyone be free, but no one fall’.
On Tuesday 21 June, the deletion of the compulsory reflection period was adopted by the First Chamber of Representatives after it passed in Parliament in February this year.
“A milestone for women. For years, several D66 members worked on abolishing the reflection period for abortion. From Elida Tuinstra to Pia Dijkstra and Rob Jetten”, said D66 leader Sigrid Kaag.
Een mijlpaal voor vrouwen. Jarenlang werkten verschillende D66'ers aan afschaffen van de bedenktijd bij abortus. Van Elida Tuinstra tot Pia Dijkstra en Rob Jetten. Mijn felicitaties aan @jpaternotte, @CorinneEllemeet, @attjekuiken & @vanwijngaardenj! 💐https://t.co/3zz7Ashv1B— Sigrid Kaag (@SigridKaag) June 21, 2022
You can re-watch the D66 Congress here (in Dutch).
Photo credit: Sigrid Kaag