European Parliament criticizes the USA because of the leaked draft of the Roe v. Wade challenge

The European Parliament intends to discuss – to censure – the USA because of something that hasn’t happened yet.

Namely: ““the impact of a leaked draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court concerning abortion.”

CNA story HERE


The European Parliament is one of two legislative bodies of the EU, a political and economic union of 27 member states. Earlier this month, a motion for a resolution was introduced on the topic “Global threats to abortion rights: the possible overturning of abortion rights in the U.S. by the Supreme Court.”

The 32-point resolution, due to be discussed on June 8 and voted on a day later, states that the European Parliament “is deeply concerned about the potential consequences for women’s rights worldwide, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade.”

It also expresses fear that the overturning of the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide would have “a chilling effect on prioritizing and funding” abortion lobally.

It says that the parliament “strongly encourages the US government and/or other relevant US authorities also to remove all barriers to abortion services, including third party consent or notification, mandatory waiting periods and authorization by judges or medical panels, and to guarantee timely access to abortion care across the country.”

The European Parliament voted in 2021 in favor of a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”


Abortion is the sacrament of the Left. This is why even Catholics in the USA will seek always to shove the right to be born down lower on the hierarchy of human rights. When you hear accusations from the Left about “single issues” or “single voter issues” this is code. When you hear talk about how nuanced we ought to be, about abortion and not to allow our selves to be distracted from other rights issues, that’s code. It is a canard that people who are “pro-life” don’t care about the poor, the imprisoned, etc. However, every poor person or imprisoned person was born.

By the way… yesterday the EU Parliament voted to outlaw the sale of gasoline engine cars by 2035.


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  1. Neil Addison says:

    Speaking from England this sort of thing is one of the reasons why the UK voted to leave the EU. Not because the EU Parliament supports Abortion but because it insists on meddling in areas that are none of its business.

    Health care is not a function of the EU and so it is no business of the EU whether its member countries legalise or criminalise Abortion. It is even more clearly no business of the EU what the legal status is for Abortion in the USA. It would be nice if the US President said that to the EU Parliament but with President Biden I won’t hold my breath. Since he is busy interfering in the internal government of the UK he is hardly in any position to object to the EU interfering in the internal government of the USA

    As a Catholic I am of course opposed to Abortion but as a lawyer I was opposed to Roe v Wade because it very clearly does not reflect any rights enumerated in the US Constitution and was imposed on the US without any democratic legitimacy., the same applies to Obergefell v Hodges. Whatever I may think of Abortion or same sex marriage legislation in the UK I can at least accept that they were passed by a democratically elected Parliament and can similarly be changed by that Parliament.

    As a lawyer I am of course in favour of the rule of law but not the ‘Rule of Lawyers’. If the US Supreme Court has finally decided to limit its own powers and leave more issues to the democratic processes in the States and in Congress that is surely what your founding fathers intended and no business of any European power

  2. PatS says:

    Regarding the EU gasoline engine ban – this was foreseen in music and lyric many years ago. I give you Red Barchetta by Rush.
    “My uncle has a country place, that no-one knows about
    He says it used to be a farm, before the Motor Law…”
    The lyricist (Neil Pert, drummer extraordinaire) was inspired more by Ayn Rand, I’m not sure of his Christian position.

  3. Not says:

    The murder of these babies AKA abortion is the holy grail of the left.. along with the Mothers, both naive and militant who murder their babies. It is not just the money that motivates these reprobates, it is the degradation of all women.

  4. PaulusFranciscus says:

    …It also expresses fear that the overturning of the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide would have “a chilling effect on prioritizing and funding” abortion globally.

    They say that like it’s a bad thing.

  5. hilltop says:

    As Hank Williams sang:
    “Why don’t you mind your own business?
    If you mind your own business then you won’t be mindin’ mine.”

  6. eamonob says:

    Father Elijah, here we come.

  7. JonPatrick says:

    Interesting that abortion is considered a “women’s rights” issues where in many countries especially China and India sex selection abortions are widely practiced and almost always in favor of keeping male children and aborting the females.

  8. Kent Wendler says:

    It seems that the underlying sentiment is that the future generations should be suppressed, and that the Muslim immigrants should be allowed to take over . . ,.

  9. Gaetano says:

    Do they realize that European abortion laws are nearly all more restrictive than Roe v. Wade allows?

    Especially regarding abortions after the first trimester, which many European countries prohibit.

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