Dear friends,

It seems that the new Spanish Draft Law for the Protection of the Unborn Children and Pregnant Women  –an abortion law that would change the existing one which defines abortion as a women’s right has triggered the attempt by the Socialists to introduce the issue of Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights on the European Parliament’s Plenary agenda next week. We are working in collaboration with other European NGOs to stop it as the issue is clearly not within the remits of the EU being thus a breach of the principle of subsidiarity. There is already a resolution stating that this issue is only a Member State competence and it is absurd to have a debate on this issue as the debate was closed only a month ago. You can find the text of the resolution here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P7-TA-2013-0548&language=ES&ring=A7-2013-0426

 In Profesionales por la Ética, as a Spanish NGO, we  are particularly concerned about an initiative promoted by Mikael Gustafsson, a Swedish communist Member of European Parliament and Chair of Committee on Women’s Right and Gender Equality, (FEMM) to put pressure on the Spanish government so they step back on their decision to revoke the current abortionist law. Gustaffson is one of the MEPs who does not accept the democratic rules and wants revenge after their defeat last December 10th with the Estrela Report. He is using his charge to promote a Declaration to be signed by National and European Parlamentarians against the Spanish government’s “Draft Law for the Protection of the Unborn Children and Pregnant Women”.  I copy below the text of the e-mail he is spreading as well as the Declaration.

 We urge you to write to Mr. Gustaffson to ask him not to interfere in the Spanish politics and respect both national sovereignity and subsidiarity. We would suggest a simple text such a the following:

 Dear Mr. Gustaffson, on behalf of the principle of subsidiarity and the respect to the national sovereignity, we ask you to stop putting pressure on the Spanish government regarding their “DraftLaw for the Protection of the Unborn Children and Pregnant Women”. Spain is pro-life, Europe is pro-life.

 You can address tour e-mail here: mikael.gustafsson@europarl.europa.eu

                         Text of the e-mail and Declaration by Mr. Gustaffson:

 Dear all,

After having learnt of the Spanish government’s proposal to revoke the current law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary interruption of pregnancy and replace it with a restrictive abortion law, I would like to share with you my concern. If this law enters into force in Spain it will represent a clear 30-year setback for women’s’ rights.

You will find below a declaration on it in English, French and Spanish. I kindly invite you to co-sign it. It is also opened for signatures of Members of National Parliaments. If you wish to do so, please reply to my email.

Thanks for your attention.

Best regards,

Mikael Gustafsson
Member of European Parliament
(and Chair of Committee on Women’s Right and Gender Equality, FEMM)

 
URGENT DECLARATION ON SPANISH ABORTION LAW PROPOSAL

It is with great concern that we, Members of the European Parliament and National Parliamentarians, have learnt of the Spanish government’s proposal to revoke the current law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary interruption of pregnancy.

On 20 December the Spanish Council of Ministers adopted a draft law on «protecting the rights of the unborn child and pregnant women». The legislative proposal removes a woman’s right to make decisions about her health by only allowing abortion in the case of rape or if the pregnancy poses a serious physical or mental health risk to women. This very restrictive law also removes the possibility of terminating a pregnancy in the case of a foetal malformation, which has been allowed under Spanish abortion law since 1985.

If this law is adopted, this will create a situation where once again Spanish women are only left with two choices: travel abroad those who can afford it to have a safe and legal abortion or resort to having a ‘backstreet’ illegal abortion at grave risk to their health. Any abortion carried out that does not fall under the two permitted categories will be considered a crime, both for the woman undergoing the procedure and the health professionals involved.

In light of these developments we believe there is an urgent need to support Spanish women in their defence of their right to make choices about their health. If this law enters into force in Spain it will represent a clear 30-year setback for women’s’ rights.

It is a fundamental human right for women to be able to make decisions about their own bodies.We, as MEPs and MPs, express our deep solidarity with Spanish women and will continue to fight for women’s rights, and in particular we will stand firm in our defence of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe and around the world.

Thanks a lot for your help!!

 All the best,

Leonor Tamayo

Head of International Area

Profesionales por la Ética