Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights! Support the Estrela Report

6 December 2013

 

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.

Signatories

European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development

European Humanist Federation

ILGA-Europe

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

EGALE

Ligue du Droit International des Femmes

UK Pink Triangle Trust

Norwegian Association for Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights

Humanisterna -SE

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

AHA Luxembourg

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