Members of the European Parliament voted to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Thursday, but many European states have stricter abortion laws than the U.S.
The resolution, passed by a vote of 324-155, also moved to symbolically enshrine abortion as a fundamental right in the EU Charter, Politico Europe reported. But the median gestational time limit for abortion on demand in Europe is twelve weeks, according to Right to Life; three weeks earlier than the 15 week limit of the Mississippi law that led to Roe being overturned and that Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis, Florida , and Glenn Youngkin, Virginia propose their states.
” I’m curious if the European Parliament’s Committee on Irony and Hypocrisy drafted this resolution. After all, 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion prior to 15 weeks gestation. In France, elective abortion is limited at 12 weeks, while Germany limits elective abortion at 14 weeks,” Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The EU has stricter abortion laws than the US, and they are democratically determined (which Roe forbade). This is a rich country. It is my hope that Congress does not vote on stupid EU policy. https://t.co/9juXoeBU2y
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) July 8, 2022
Both France and Germany have representatives that voted for the condemnation, vote tallies show. (RELATED: Biden Signs Executive Order Aimed At Protecting Access to Abortion, Contraception)
“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. This right must be preserved. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States,” French President Emanuel Macron recently wrote in a tweet following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned Roe.
Even some Republican-controlled states in the U.S. have far more relaxed limits than the European median; Montana currently permits abortion up to viability, Kansas allows it until 22 weeks and Nebraska’s regulations begin at 20 weeks, Politico reported.
Some U.S. states, like Missouri, have banned elective abortions outright, but so have European countries Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Lichtenstein, Politico Europe reported.
Nearly two-thirds of European countries require waiting periods before women can get an abortion, while half mandate counseling, according to a March 2021 Center for Reproductive Rights report.
No European country allows elective abortion during all nine months. This is in contrast to what’s allowed in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland. Donovan stated that the Dobbs decision grants ordinary Americans the right to elective abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. This is because it is possible to reach a consensus via democratic processes .” Content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation can be accessed free to any news publication with a broad audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].