Question to the Commission for written answer E-000253/2015
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Gender-selective abortion
- Does the Commission condemn the practice of gender-selective abortion?
- If so, what measures are in place to ensure that no EU money is spent on such abortions, or given to facilities which provide them?
Answer on behalf of the Commission given by Mr Mimica E-000253/2015
Gender-selective abortions constitute a serious violation of human rights, in particular of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Gender-selective abortion is an indication of social, cultural, political and economic injustice against women.
The EU is fully committed to eliminating the root causes of the preference for sons, which results in harmful and unethical practices such as female infanticide and prenatal sex selection. The EU has adopted a comprehensive approach focused on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment and on contributing to the shifting of the social norms that allow such practices.
The EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment foresees strengthening EU support to partner countries in combating gender-based violence and all forms of discrimination against women and girls. Further, gender issues are mainstreamed into the EU’s development cooperation activities through education and health-related programmes and/or the support to civil society organisations, carried out in close cooperation with local authorities.
The EU does not fund private health facilities that carry out gender- selective abortions.