European lawmakers urge broader abortion rights

A gauge of European trends
Lawmakers from the 47 countries in the Council of Europe have said women should be guaranteed the right to “safe and legal abortion”—a resolution that faced heavy criticism from Roman Catholic groups.

The council’s parliamentary assembly, in an April 16 resolution, said that abortion should be avoided as far as possible and “in no circumstances be regarded as a family planning method.” However, a total ban would not result in fewer abortions, but instead would lead to clandestine abortions and abortion “tourism,” the resolution stated.

The Council of Europe, whose headquarters are in Strasbourg, eastern France, is an intergovernmental body for 47 European nations, including the 27 member states of the European Union. Lawmakers from the member states’ national parliaments make up the council’s assembly.


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