Bishops criticize EU report for stance on abortion – UCA News

The bishops of the European Union, while applauding a proposed EU report on expanding the access of all women to adequate health care, take strong issue with the report’s characterization of abortion as a human right and its claim that “a total ban on abortion care or denial of abortion care is a form of gender-based violence.” The report, submitted to the European Parliament by Croatian deputy Predrag Fred Matic, is scheduled for a vote June 23; approval of the report would not dictate changes to any EU nation’s laws, but could influence policy debates and public opinion. In a statement June 17, the secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union applauded “the fundamental concern of the report to protect the health and rights of women,” but expressed serious concern about its “one-sided perspective throughout, particularly on the issue of abortion,” because nowhere does it acknowledge that the life of the unborn child is at stake. Subscribe to your daily free newsletter from UCA News In addition, the bishops said, “the draft resolution does not reflect the tragedy and complexity of the situations in which mothers considering aborting their unborn child find themselves.” The report, they said, cannot pretend that abortion must be legal in all 27 countries of the European Union. In fact, Malta and Poland have extremely restrictive abortion laws while the other 25 EU nations put varying restrictions on the voluntary interruption of pregnancies, particularly in reference to how far along the pregnancy is.

Bishops criticize EU report for stance on abortion – UCA News

Leave a Reply