"Conservatives want to set women's rights back 30 years"

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Women

S&D Euro MPs today slammed the conservatives in the European Parliament for opposing a resolution supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, in Europe and beyond.

Under the pressure of "pro-Life" activists, the text will now be sent back to the women's committee.

S&D Euro MP Edite Estrela (Portugal) who drafted the resolution said after the vote:

"I deeply regret the decision taken today. On several occasions, this Parliament has recognised the right for everyone to make their own informed and responsible choices on their sexual and reproductive life.

"The draft resolution was approved by the women's committee with a strong majority of 17 votes in favour, 7 abstentions and 7 against. By not respecting the outcome of the vote in parliamentary committee, the conservatives want to set women's rights back 30 years.

"This is not acceptable. The socialists and democrats will stand firm to protect women's rights to abortion and access to quality health services".

S&D group vice-president Corina Creţu added:

"I am very concerned about the postponement of the vote today.  The report strongly emphasises a real and urgent need for quality healthcare services.

"Coming from a country where thousands of women died trying to terminate pregnancies when the legislation in Romania prohibited abortions, I find any attempt to return to those times is outrageous.

 "Freedom of choice is essential. Every woman should have the right to make her own choices concerning her sexual and reproductive rights."