by J C von Krempach, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond
In a rather tumultuous session this morning, the plenary of the European Parliament decided by 351 to 319 votes with 18 abstentions to refer the controversial “Estrela-Report” (named after its author, the extreme left-wing MEP Edite Estrela from Portugal), back to the parliamentary committee it originated from.
This is a resounding victory for the pro-life cause, given that there is a structural majority in the European Parliament of members belonging to socialist, communist, green, and liberal, parties, who usually vote in favour of anything that presents to promote “women’s rights”.
But this time, it was different. Although the vote still needs to be carefully analysed, one can say already now that many socialist and liberal members this time refused to go along with their official party line. One reason may have been that they saw this report as an intrusive attempt by an EU institution to undermine the national sovereignty of Member States, to which, in times of rapidly growing Euro-scepticism, they didn’t want to be associated. As the representative of the European Commission, Commissioner Neven Mimica explained in his brief intervention before the vote, the EU has no powers to regulate matters such as abortion, sexual education, etc. which remain in the exclusive competence of Member States.
For many other MEPs, however, the decisive reason to change their mind was that they had become aware of the insidious draft report’s true content. As we have pointed out in an earlier post, the draft included, among other things, a reference to a highly controversial document that promoting the idea that it should become compulsory for children aged 0-4 to be taught about masturbation(!!!).
Read also: Victory: European Parliament stands for human dignity. ESTRELA report not adopted from European Dignity Watch