Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights! Support the Estrela Report
Joint Statement by civil society organisations calling on MEPs to support the Estrela Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Civil society and human rights organisations call on you to support the amended Estrela Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the plenary vote on Tuesday.
SRHR are an integral part of the human rights that all EU Member States have committed to respect, protect and fulfill. Every person in Europe has the right to make their own informed and responsible choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health, and to live their sexual lives free from harm, violence and discrimination.
The Estrela report makes the case for a broad spectrum of SRHR guaranteed to all individuals.
This report is balanced and fair:
1. It does not impose any obligations on Member States, but recommends that people have access to sexuality education, contraception and safe abortion when needed.
2. The report also takes into consideration gender-based violence, mostly against women, in the context of these rights
3. The report also refers to the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
Extremist religious groups, representing only a tiny proportion of EU citizens, argue against this report because it supports people’s right to live their sexual lives free from harm, violence and discrimination.
The overwhelming majority of people in the EU, including people from a wide variety of faith traditions, recognize everyone’s moral autonomy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly gender-specific healthcare such as women’s reproductive health access.
At a time when rising economic difficulties challenge the health information and treatment available to Europeans seeking to make healthy decisions, and with these challenges disproportionately affecting women and sexual minorities, we hope you will take a strong stand in favour of these rights on Tuesday.
European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development
European Humanist Federation
Catholics for Choice
European Women’s Lobby
International Planned Parenthood Federation- European Network
European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development
Marie Stopes International
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Le planning familial
Center for Reproductive Rights
Centre d’Action Laïque
Humanist Union of Greece
Irish Family Planning Association
European network Church on the Move
FPFE Federación de Planificación Familiar Estatal
ASTRA Federation for Women and Family Planning
RFSU- The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education
Union des Familles Laïques
deMens.nu (freethinking humanism in Flanders and Brussels
UK- National Secular Society
Ligue du Droit International des Femmes
UK Pink Triangle Trust
Norwegian Association for Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights
UK Central London Humanists
The Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association
Liberté de conscience -Luxembourg
ASUR- Romanian Secular and Humanist Association
Gender Education, Research and Technologies foundation
European Association for Free Thought
Associação República e Laicidade
Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands
Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmun
Associação de Planeamento Familiar – PT
Europe et Laïcité – Mouvement CAEDEL
Fundatia Centrul pentru Constiinta Critica
Solidarity for Freedom of Conscience, Romania
Coordinamento Nazionale Delle Consulte per la Laicita’ delle Istituzioni-IT
Bund Freireligiöser Gemeinden Deutschlands
Grande Loge Féminine de France- Institut Maçonnique Européen
AIETI (Asociación de Investigación y Especialización sobre Temas Iberoamericanos)
Dutch Humanist Association
Observatoire Chrétien de la Laïcité
AMAL- Asociación Madrileña de Ateos y Librepensadores
Ligue de l’enseignement- FR
For more information on what is at stake with the SRHR report, read here