The European Parliament is voting on a proposal to ask EU states to guarantee universal access to safe and legal abortions.
It is called the “Matic Report” and according to its authors it was prepared after the interruption by the pandemic of “access to contraception and abortion”, which they present as “essential medical services”.
Before the vote, the Commission of Conferences of Bishops of Europe regretted that the report addresses abortion “unilaterally”, and presents abortion as a human right.
P. MANUEL BARRIOS PRIETO
Secretary General, COMECE
“The main danger of this motion for a resolution is that it tends to make people think that abortion is a right, that it is part of the right to human health.”
Manuel Barrios Prieto is the Secretary General of the Commission for European Episcopal Conferences. He says that society deserves a comprehensive vision of sexual health, which is not limited to abortion.
MANUEL BARRIOS PRIETO
Secretary General, Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe
“We have to improve sexual education and sexual health in a broad sense. If you come down to the question of abortion, to allowing abortion, to seeing abortion as a human right, you are going in a very clear direction. In a one-sided direction ”.
In early June, a delegation from this Commission traveled to Rome to meet with Pope Francis.
Although abortion talks were not on their agenda, the European bishops’ statement shows that it remains a matter of concern for the Church in Europe.