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The European Parliament Passes the Controversial Matic Report to Promote “Free and Legal Abortion Without Barriers”

The European Evangelical Alliance had called to reject the report: “Abortion is about the life of the woman but also about the life of the unborn child. Both lives matter”.

The European Parliament passed on 23 June the known as Matic report, a motion on “situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the European Union”, with 378 votes in favour, 255 votes against and with 32 abstentions.

The key point that stood out in the vote had to do with the promotion of “free and legal abortion” for all women in EU members States.

Other issues included in the resolution was the promotion of sexual education, the fight against female genital mutilation and sex trafficking, and the access to modern contraception methods.

Two parliamentary minorities tried to either block of amend the report, but a majority finally supported the text as it was presented by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and led by rapporteur Predrag Fred Matić, who defended the text.

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