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Thursday, 16 January 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Non-discrimination in the framework of sexual and reproductive health and rights (debate)

  Alexander Mirsky (S&D), in writing. – The statement by the Commission is toothless and cowardly. In this situation it is an attempt to overlook the fact that Spain, an EU Member State, wants to restrict significantly womenʼs right to private life. In such cases, conclusions and thoughts need to be formulated clearly instead of trying to please both opponents and advocates of abortion. The PPE Memberʼs statements concerning Spainʼs competence in this matter are just a cynical mocking of Spanish women. An attempt to incorporate questions of private life into national legislation raises many other questions. For example, why have we united in the European Union? How is it possible to live in a political and social world if EU citizensʼ rights differ substantially? In what way are Spanish women worse than Italian or German women? Who in the EU has decided to differentiate between citizens on the basis of where they live and their citizenship? Such kinds of cases with restrictions on abortion in Spain can be continued in other directions, such as sexual life or sexual rights and freedoms. Nobody is entitled to encroach upon the private life of EU citizens. I call for all sensible MEPs to block Parliament resolutions or statements directed at discrimination against women.

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