13 Jun, 2022

Renew Europe: Amend EU Treaties to include the right to abortion

The draft opinion from the US Supreme Court aiming to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, establishing the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, is part of a global anti-women trend that is also spreading in Europe. In Poland, the PiS government is continuously looking for ways to attain control over women's bodies, and in other EU States such as Croatia, Slovakia and Lithuania, new restrictive laws are under discussion.

But we will not go back. That is why Renew Europe wants to amend the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU to include every woman's right to abortion. In a resolution adopted by the European Parliament last week, Renew Europe highlighted that by integrating the legal protection of the right to abortion into the EU Treaties, we ensure that all Member States enable access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Samira Rafaela MEP (D66, NL), Member of the European Parliament Gender Equality and Women's Rights Committee and Renew Europe negotiator on the European Parliament resolution on global threats to abortion, said:

"The decision of the US Supreme Court will not only directly impact millions of women and girls in the US, but also encourage anti-abortion movements in the rest of the world. That is why we must protect the right to abortion in the EU Treaties. Once and for all, politicians worldwide must keep their dirty policies away from our bodies."

In the resolution, MEPs also urge the US Supreme Court to establish nationwide legal protections for the right to abortion and ask EU Member States to deliver all possible support, including financial aid, to US-based organisations defending and providing sexual and reproductive health services.

Photo credit: Samira Rafaela

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