The Federation of Catholic Family Associations if Europe (FAFCE), report that despite the adoption of a resolution on 10 December last, nullifying the appalling Sexual and Reproductive Rights agenda set out in the Estrela report, there is a new attempt to push through this agenda which consists of abortion on demand, restriction of freedom of conscience, compulsory sex education at primary and secondary school together with a number of other issues.
The resolution adopted in December establishes clearly that the issues involved are solely a national competency, not a matter to be dealt with by the European Union. The adopted text was an alternative resolution to the highly controversial and radical report presented by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela.
However, what was a victory for the EU citizens who mobilized in favour of subsidiarity, parental rights, human dignity and freedom of conscience was considered as a huge defeat by the pro-abortion lobby such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
The European Parliament Socialist and Democrats group (S&D) is now trying to push through the Estrela agenda, which is strongly supported by the commercial pro-abortion lobby represented by IPPF, Amnesty international, Marie Stopes International, ILGA Europe, the European Humanist Federation, the Center for Reproductive Rights and over 30 other NGOs.
The European Parliament plenary agenda scheduled for January 16th includes a Commission statement on “Non-discrimination in the framework of sexual and reproductive health and rights”, i.e. a position on the behalf of the European Commission. Clearly the S&D group is attempting to achieve a new resolution by requesting the use of a procedure foreseen by Rule 110 of the Parliament.
According to Rule 110
"Members of the Commission, the Council and the European Council may at any time ask the President of Parliament for permission to make a statement." A resolution might be added at a later stage: "When placing a statement with debate on its agenda, Parliament shall decide whether or not to wind up the debate with a resolution."
Clearly the S&D group does not respect the decision of the parliament or the principle of subsidiarity on the matter of “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” although it was clearly confirmed by the plenary on 10 December last.