The European Union (EU) Parliament on Thursday approved a radical pro-abortion document that increases pressure on countries to legalize the killing of unborn babies. The document approves abortions without gestational limits or causes and forces medical workers to participate in the practices.

According to a report by Catholic News Agency, members of the EU Parliament voted 378-255 in favor of the Matić Report after an intense debate that included two attempts to block it and several alternative proposals that were rejected. Forty-two additional members abstained from voting.

The Matić Report urges EU countries to recognize that all sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including safe and legal access to abortion, modern contraception, fertility treatment, and maternity care, are human rights that cannot be violated. 

Regarding abortion, the report makes a point of describing it as “essential medical care” and advocates for its expansion. It also condemns the conscience rights of medical workers, portraying their refusal to help abort unborn babies as a “denial of medical care.”

Most European countries have stricter limits on abortion than the United States. However, most EU members already allow abortions without limits during the first trimester and sometimes even into the second trimester.

Some EU member countries have legislation that allows their governments to use taxpayer funds to finance the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Some countries even have minimal protections for doctors and nurses who object to participating in these killings. 

The fact that the EU is publishing this document is aimed precisely at pressuring those countries that still have restrictions on the overpowering abortion industry. 

Opposition to the radical pro-abortion resolution came from across the continent. Pro-life advocates in Poland, Spain, Slovakia, France, Malta, and other countries warned that the report threatens fundamental human rights and the sovereignty of individual countries.

Polish and Spanish MEPs Jadwiga Wiśniewska and Margarita de la Pisa Carrión criticized the report for its pro-abortion, anti-woman, and anti-child bias, Politico reported. In a written opinion, they said the report urges women to “turn their backs on fertility and motherhood.”

“It treats abortion as a purported human right that does not exist in international law,” they continued. “This is a breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main binding treaties, as well as of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.”

The resolutions of the European Parliament have no binding legal value, but they set a strong precedent and impose pressure on governments to make their decisions. Especially in Europe’s most dependent countries.

Grégor Puppinck, director-general of the European Center for Law and Justice, suggested that the billion-dollar global abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, is behind the report and its implementation, he told Catholic News Agency.

Abortion is a billionaire industry with its growing influence increasingly evident. For several years this business presents itself as a promoter of human rights and especially for women. In truth, it hides its spurious economic interests and power. And at the same time that it promotes its activity, it asks for government subsidies to spread its abortion practices.

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