By Ron Howells • 23 July 2021 • 22:19
Germany to abolish Nazi-era abortion lawright. image: Twitter
The European Parliament has declared in an update that abortion is a universal right for all women.
The European Parliament has now given its full approval to the report to urge member countries to remove any obstacles to access to voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVE) and consider it a “human right”.
The so-called ‘Matic Project’ on “the situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU, within the framework of women’s health” also intends that this practice be guaranteed by the public health of the member countries, although of course, this means undermining the right to conscientious objection of health professionals.
‘Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health are a form of violence and hinder progress towards gender equality. For these reasons, women’s lives and rights are being jeopardised by common practice in some Member States, which allows medical practitioners, and on some occasions, entire medical institutions, to refuse to provide health services on the basis of the so-called conscience clause,’ reads the document.
As regards Italy and, in particular, some regions such as Calabria and Umbria, an analysis of the most recent data shows there is a worryingly high number of conscientious objectors working in the health professions employed in abortion services.
That is having a negative impact on women’s access to safe and legal abortion, effectively limiting their right to reproductive choices and health. Abortion in Spain is legal upon request up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, and at later stages for serious risk to the health of the woman or fetal defects.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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