Europarliamentarians Urged to Reject Abortion Proposal

BRUSSELS, Belgium, JUNE 25, 2002 ( Rights groups are urging members of the European Parliament to reject a report that seeks to impose abortion on all current and future member countries of the European Union.

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The text “Health and Rights as Regards Sexuality and Reproduction,” approved on June 4 by the Commission for the Rights of Women and Equality of Opportunities, will be voted by the European Parliament on July 4.

The resolution proposal, presented by Anne E.M. Van Lancker, member of the Parliamentary Group of the European Socialist Party, calls for the promotion of abortion and population-control programs throughout the European Union, especially among “the most underprivileged groups, such as youth, ethnic minorities, and the socially excluded.”

The report doesn´t have executive force. But it could strongly influence the countries that want to show their eagerness to join the Union by conforming to European Parliament proposals.

Euro-Fam, a pro-family group, plans to contact European deputies to encourage them to reject the text outright.

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