Puteți citi, în avanpremieră, scrisoarea pe care presedinta EPWG si co-presedintii reprezentand grupurile politice ale Parlamentului European au adresat-o Parlamentului României în legătură cu modificările la Codul Penal
Ms Roberta Anastase
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
Palace of the Parliament
Street Izvor 2-4
Brussels, 6 May 2009
Dear Madam Speaker,
RE: Proposals to modify the criminal legislation in the field of abortion within the debate on the New Criminal Code
We, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development in the European Parliament (EPWG), would like to express our concern regarding proposals for amendments to abortion-related provisions in the new Criminal Code currently under debate in the Romanian Parliament. The EPWG is a well-established all-party group in the European Parliament that provides a forum for ongoing dialogue on reproductive health and rights, the response to HIV/AIDS, gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable development.
We are particularly alarmed by two proposals for amendments tabled by the Sub-Committee on the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, namely the proposal aiming at criminalising therapeutic abortion conducted after the 24th week of pregnancy (Article 199 of the Draft Criminal Code) and the proposal to accord the personhood status to the foetus after the 24th week (Article 200).
The adoption of such provisions would have disastrous effects on women’s health in Romania and lead your country to being the only Member State of the European Union that prohibits abortion in situations where pregnant women’s health and life are endangered. Late term therapeutic abortion is a necessity in some rare medical situations in order to protect women’s life and their physical and mental health. Criminalising it and according the personhood status to the foetus would directly contribute to high rates of mortality and morbidity as women would seek illegal and hence, unsafe abortions if they are unable to undergo legal terminations.
The Romanian Parliament should take into account its obligations to respect, protect and fulfil women’s rights and as the other Member States of the European Union, allow for therapeutic abortion throughout the pregnancy.
Therefore, we urge you and other parliamentary authorities to do what is in your power to ensure the rejection of these two very dangerous proposals for amendments to the Romanian Criminal Code.
Anne Van Lancker, MEP
Robert Evans, MEP
Véronique Mathieu, MEP
Glenys Kinnock, MEP
Gabriela Cretu, MEP
Lissy Gröner, MEP
Sophie in ‘t Veld
Cc: Mr. Mircea Geoanǎ, Speaker of the Senate
Mr. Daniel Buda, President of the Special Joint Commission for the Debate on the Merits, in the Emergency Procedure, of the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Civil Code, and the Civil Procedure Code
Mr. Victor Ponta, President of the Sub-commission on the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code
Romanian All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development
Centre for Reproductive Rights