Europeiska Liberalers Kongress i Palermo

Mellan den 23-25 november närvarade Liberala Kvinnor på Europeiska Liberalers (ELDR) kongress i Palermo, Italien. Liberala Kvinnors krav på fria och säkra aborter i EUs som fick starkt gehör, vår resolution bifölls av de europeiska delegaterna.

Liberala Kvinnor deltog även vid European Liberal Women’s Network (ELWN) frukostmöte. En studie presenterades om kvinnors situation i de olika EU-staterna. Sverige lyftes fram flera gånger som ett föregångsland, speciellt gällande sexköpslagstiftningen, abort och föräldraförsäkringen. På EU-nivå har kvinnor rätt till 20 veckors mammaledighet. Liberala Kvinnor poängterade att vi måste sluta tala om mammaledighet och kräva föräldraledighet även för EU-anställda. LK lyfte även upp abortfrågan på EU-nivå, Europarådet genomförde en samvetsklausul förra året som möjliggör för vårdpersonal att vägra abort med hänvisning till deras samvete. Det här blir frågor som European Liberal Women’s Network får titta närmre på. Det är dock väldigt viktigt att medlemsorganisationerna i ELDR och ELWN ständigt arbetar med dessa frågor på hemmaplan.


Se resolution nedan:

Safe and legal abortions in the EU

Whereas;

  • Recalling the resolution Women’s entitlement over their own bodies, adopted at the ELDR Congress in 2008:
  • It is crucial for liberals to fight for the right of individuals’ to take autonomous decisions over their own sexual and reproductive health:
  • Due to social structures and female subordination sexual and reproductive health rights have always been controversial to law-makers and religious institutions:
  • Most EU countries provide legal abortion; some of the EU member States’ abortion legislation is among the most liberal while abortion is still prohibited in Malta, Irelandand Poland:
  • Criminalizing abortion when the pregnancy is likely to cause the woman’s death does not protect women’s reproductive health:
  • A woman’s socio-economic situation may also influence her decision to undergo a possibly unsafe abortion:
  • Abortion should not be considered as a method of  contraception nor as a method for gender selection:
  • Information about, and access to sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) services, including condoms, are indispensable for the exercise of other human rights, including the right to life, to non-discrimination and the right of all persons  free of coercion, discrimination and violence – to the highest attainable standard of health.

Considering:

  • that the World Health Organization defines reproductive right as follows:
  • “Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproductive free of discrimination, coercion and violence:”
  • The International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, in Cairo, 1994 confirms the provision of universal access to reproductive health services, including family planning and sexual health:
  • That the European Parliament since 2008 calls for full access to contraception and abortion, and considers that women must have access to free of charge to consultation on abortion:
  • ­That illegal abortion are often unsafe abortion therefore jeopardize women’s health:
  • That a democratic EU should be in the frontline to protect its citizen’s health, lives and freedom over their own bodies.

Calling for;

  • Legal abortion in all EU member states and easy access to public healthcare system:
  • Facts-based sex education without taboos, freely and openly available in all EU member states, in particular for young people, as they key to effective prevention of unwanted pregnancies:
  • Available and accessible contraceptives in all EU member states