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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

10.30. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (A7-0426/2013 - Edite Estrela)
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  Kristiina Ojuland (ALDE ), in writing . − The initial motion for a resolution on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), prepared under the coordination of Edite Estrela, which failed to be voted, brought up issues of vital importance for all European citizens. The degree to which sexual and reproductive health and rights are ensured varies among the Member States. Even though the policies in this field are the competence of the national governments, it is the right and the duty of Parliament to reveal the drawbacks and to encourage Member States to provide equal access to affordable, equitable and high-quality healthcare services and preventive care. Sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to maternal healthcare and family planning, are based on general human rights of equality and dignity, and should be taken very seriously, not only by the EU, but also around the world. Taking into account the worrying situation in this regard in the developing countries, the EU should produce its own policy commitments and also take up its role as an international player promoting, defending and enforcing SRHR worldwide.

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