ROME, October 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life lobbyists at the European Union are declaring a victory after the European Parliament rejected a resolution that would have declared abortion to be a ‘human right,’ and demanded that all EU countries legalize the practices.
Observers described the debate on Monday night as “loud and lively.” That debate ended with members voting down the “Estrela Report” on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and sending it back to committee for “further study”.
Three hundred and fifty-one MEPs voted in favour of referring the non-binding resolution back to committee, while 319 voted against.
Anthony Ozimic of the UK-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), whose members lobbied MEPs prior to today’s vote, told LifeSiteNews.com that the response against the report from MEPs demonstrates “that the pro-abortion lobby does not have it all its own way, even in the culture of death which is so prevalent in Europe.”
“Forthright and intelligent lobbying by individual pro-lifers and their representative organisations can and does frustrate the designs of powerful anti-life forces,” he said.
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