Catholics must resist the imposition of this heartless new policy throughout the European Union.
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In addition to describing abortion as an “essential” health service and redefining conscientious objection a “denial of medical care,” the report declared that violations of “sexual and reproductive health and rights” were “a form of violence against women and girls.”
The Vatican prefect described the vote as “a dangerous anthropological drift before which we must awaken our consciences for a renewed alliance to authentic service to humanity.”
The European Parliament voted on June 24 to adopt a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”
“The culture of life envisaged by the Founding Fathers of the EU is turning into a culture of death and exclusion, with ideology taking precedence over reason," lamented Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.
Catholic leaders and pro-life groups had urged the European Parliament to reject the report, presented by the Croatian politician Predrag Fred Matić and debated on June 23, the day before the vote.
Pro-life groups have expressed alarm at the report, which they say violates the established principle that abortion laws fall within the competence of member states, rather than EU institutions.
However, some members of the European Parliament are taking steps to set up replacement funding to promote abortion internationally.
The Holy Father had accepted the Charlemagne Prize on Friday in recognition of his efforts to unify Europe.
Pope Francis addressed representatives of Council of Europe institutions yesterday in Strasbourg.