Wednesday, October 22, 2008

European Parliament to vote on funding forced abortion, coercive sterilisation and infanticide

Attention was focused on Westminster yesterday as the HFE Bill reached its third reading in the Commons and the government thwarted attempts to extend the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

However, virtually unnoticed, today MEPs will have the chance to vote for something which almost uniquely unites those in both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice camps: opposition to forced abortion and coercive sterilisation.

MEP Kathy Sinnott has tabled amendment no 134 to the EU budget which would stop the EU funding coercive abortions, forced sterilisations and infanticide:

Community assistance shall not be given to any government or organisation or programme which supports or participates in the managment of a programme which involves human rights abuses such as coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization or infanticide. This implements the specific Cairo ICPD prohibition on coercion or compulsion in sexual and reproductive health natters. The Commission shall present each year a report on the implementation of the EU´s external assistance covering this programme.

Any genuinely Pro-Choice politician will have no problem in voting for it at all.

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