The debate on abortion in the European Parliament sows discord and hatred
A European Parliament resolution to make the "right" of abortion a mandatory law for all EU countries has sparked a storm of backlash and divisions within European political parties. MEP Fred Matic has been the target of attacks, hate speech, and even fetish dolls have been sent to his office, where his face appears on Hitler's body.
The text of the resolution states that it aims to "improve sexual and reproductive health for women" and so far about 500 amendments have been proposed by MEPs divided on the issue, far more than the usual peripheral debates it deals with. PE. The biggest rift has been witnessed in the EP's largest center-right party, the European People's Party, where MEPs from different countries have diametrically opposed views on the issue of abortion.
"The external pressure we are experiencing is incredible. "Petitions have been launched against us, they are comparing us to Hitler and they have launched a terrible disinformation campaign against anyone who supports this resolution," Fred Matic, a Croatian MEP from the left-wing Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Essentially, the resolution seeks to declare abortion a "health right", an initiative opposed by a large group of MEPs who argue for religion and conscience and the right to protect the lives of unborn children.
In response to the resolution, which was supported by a moderate section of the right, the Socialists and the Greens, a section of the EPP and the far-right group "European Conservatives and Reformists" have announced another proposal that would leave the issue of abortion and sexual health in the national responsibilities of each state and outside the jurisdiction of Brussels.
The biggest divide of the EPP is that between MEPs from the northern states who mainly support the initiative and those from the southern countries who are more traditional and conservative. If the resolution is adopted, it could be a matter that will be challenged in the European Court, and the fate of this resolution will be closely linked to the fate of the issue of abortion on the continent.