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"Women’s futures under threat", opinion piece on the One of Us Initiative

[Brussels, 27 March 2013] Sophie in ’t Veld (MEP, ALDE, Netherlads) and Petra Bayr (MP, Austria) have published today an opinion piece in Devex alerting about the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) "One of Us", which is trying to promote an ultraconservative ideology and advance the anti-choice agenda threatening women’s rights and gender equality.

In their article, Ms. in’t Veldt and Ms. Bayr highlight that this Initiative, which is threatening all the EU development aid Funds designated to maternal health, is supported by "almost exclusively ultra-conservative, religious — both Catholic and U.S.-funded evangelical — organizations".

Furthermore, the article highlights that this Initative undermines the international consensus on abortion "which states that where abortion is legal, it should be safe. This was agreed by 179 governments — including all EU member states — at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development".

Read the complete article here.

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To learn more about what is behid of the ECI "One of Us" check the Intelligence Brief published by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF).

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