“What we ask you with this appeal is to reflect on whether it is appropriate and reasonable to entrust the Presidency of the European Parliament to those who have shown themselves to be in strong contradiction with many positions of many States of the Union and of the European Parliament”. It is just one of the salient passages of the letter that the Italian Radicals and in particular the activists of the campaign “Free to Abort”They sent to the MEPs. Theirs is an appeal ahead of Tuesday’s vote in Strasbourg for the election of the new president of the European Parliament, after the expiration of half of the mandate. The Radicals expressly ask not to vote for Roberta Metsola, a Maltese exponent of the EPP, of conservative political faith and above all a convinced anti-abortionist. Metsola is currently among the most eligible candidates to replace the late president of Parliament David Sassoli, whose funeral is being celebrated today. In fact, the EPP exponent is the only candidate who could already have the votes to be elected president, in accordance with the relay agreement between Socialists and Popular People signed in 2019 when the Italian MEP was elected.
Here is the full letter sent by the activists of “Libera di Abortire”.
In recent days, the possible election of the Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola, a member of the EPP, as President of the European Parliament, has emerged from many quarters.
Due to its positions expressed publicly several times, even in institutional settings, Metsola can be considered an authoritative political exponent unconditionally supporter of conservative and anti-abortionist positions. As democrats and democrats we refer to the Volterian principle of absolute defense of the right of anyone to freely manifest political and religious opinions, first of all those different and contrary to ours. What we ask of you with this appeal is to reflect on whether it is appropriate and reasonable to entrust the Presidency of the European Parliament to those who have shown themselves to be in strong contradiction with many positions of numerous States of the Union and of the European Parliament which has expressed itself, even recently , censuring national repressive measures regarding the self-determination of the person on reproductive choices.
As US judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued, abortion laws define the identity of a nation. It also applies to European identity. And the issue of termination of pregnancy today is at the center of a real world conflict that concerns the legislations of a large part of the States, not only in Europe, if we think about what is happening in the United States following the election of new Supreme Court judges.
We therefore ask you whether it is appropriate to confer the presidency of our Parliament on a representative who expresses a vision contrary to that shared by the great majority of the States of the Union. Is it reasonable to entrust the Presidency to a political representative who has made legislative choices in strong contradiction with many positions of the European Parliament to safeguard the fundamental right to health, information, prevention, treatment and freedom of choice, as finally noted in the Matic resolution? approved last June.
We invite you to ask yourself what effects the choices and statements made by Metsola may have in institutional relations and public opinion. It is clear that the election of a President of the European Parliament who defends these positions would help to shift the internal balances of the European institutions in a prohibitionist sense. It would really be a signal and a negative fact for the secular and civil identity of Europe, precisely when this is invoked everywhere as a vital element for the relaunch of Europe itself, as a frontier of rights.
We believe, Honorable Member, that the President or the President of our Parliament must be able to look national Governments in the eye, without giving in to their approach and taking into account the prerogatives given by Treaties, acts and declarations, which on the emancipation of women and on rights they expressed a clear position in favor of the freedom of choice of every citizen and citizen of the Union.
We hope, Honorable Member, that you wish to promptly and promptly reply to this open letter, make it known to your colleagues, and that you wish to consider or reconsider Roberta Metsola’s candidacy as inappropriate.
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