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Parliamentary questions
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15 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002579-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE) , Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D) , Angelika Mlinar (ALDE) , Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Rise in activities by pressure groups opposed to sexual and reproductive rights in Spain
 Answer in writing 

The rise in activities by pressure groups opposed to sexual and reproductive rights is a matter for concern. Spain’s state family planning body, the ‘Federación de Planificación Familiar Estatal’, has come under attack from these groups through, for instance, the collection of signatures demanding an end to its public subsidies, legal proceedings to rescind its listing as a public amenity, or, more recently the formal complaint made against 20 health clinics accusing them of ‘giving false information on their websites with the aim of encouraging women to have abortions’.

The aim of these attacks is to make it more difficult to access the sexual and reproductive rights recognised in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and linked to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Articles 3, 21, 23 and 35).

1. Does the Commission know that the number of groups taking offensive action in the European Union against organisations and people working to promote sexual and reproductive rights has risen?

2. Could it request information from Member States on whether or not public funds have been set aside for funding for these groups?

3. Would it consider drawing up guidelines to advise governments and authorities on how to react to such attacks to ensure rights are respected and that sexual and reproductive services recognised in international and national laws can be accessed?

Original language of question: ES 
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