Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote next Thursday, April 11, whether to include abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In a recently approved resolution, some MEPs urge member states to decriminalise abortion, and to remove and combat the remaining legal, financial, social and practical restrictions still hampering access in some member states.

MEPs call on the Commission and member states to step up their political support for human rights defenders and healthcare providers working to promote “sexual and reproductive health and rights”.

This contradicts several articles of the EU’s own Charter of Fundamental Rights. Specifically, in Article 1 on Human Dignity, it defines it as inviolable, literally stating that “it must be respected and protected.” In its Article 2, referring to the Right to life, it details that “Everyone has the right to life”. “No one shall be condemned to the death penalty, or executed.” Article 3, which deals with “Right to the integrity of the person”, states that “Everyone has the right to respect for his or her physical and mental integrity.” “In the fields of medicine and biology, the following must be respected in particular: the free and informed consent of the person concerned, according to the procedures laid down by law; the prohibition of eugenic practices, in particular those aiming at the selection of persons; the prohibition on making the human body and its parts as such a source of financial gain; the prohibition of the reproductive cloning of human beings.

To achieve the modification of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the unanimity of all member states is required, so it seems impossible for the motion to include abortion as a right to be approved. Countries with pro-life policies, such as Poland, Hungary, Malta or Italy, are expected to vote against.

As we reported in our Observatory, in 2022 Emmanuel Macron already tried to include abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, but he did not succeed.

Bioethical assessment

Abortion is not a right, it does not contribute to improving anyone’s health, neither that of the woman who aborts, nor that of the aborted child. Nor does it improve society, since it contributes to aging and weakening it.

Since it is an attack on life, it is also an attack on human dignity. It is not possible to recognize the right to attack human dignity, because rights are based on the recognition of this dignity.

In addition to not being a right, it constitutes an attack against freedom, because it is not possible to build freedom from aggression against the dignity of the human being.

These language manipulations that hide more serious ones must be unmasked: that of consciences, especially the most weakened or vulnerable.


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