The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual
nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual
education and abortion policies.
'The formulation and
implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights
and on sex education in schools is a competence of the member states,'
stated the European People's Party and the European Conservatives and
Reformists Group, two groups within the European Parliament who
presented an alternative report that passed by a vote of 334 to 327,
with 35 members abstaining from the vote.
The rejected report,
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, had been submitted by Edite
Estrela, a European Parliamentarian from Portugal, intended to establish
abortion 'as a human rights and public health concern' in the EU.
a result of this view of abortion as a right, the report sought to
expand abortion in all countries of the EU and restrict 'obstacles to
the access of appropriate services' such as conscientious objection,
waiting periods, pro-life counseling, and religious hospitals' ability
to refuse to perform certain 'sexual health' procedures such as
Estrela's report also called for the provision of
'sufficient funding for the broad (sexual and reproductive health and
rights) agenda in all appropriate instruments' throughout the European