Legal Ambiguities and Competence Challenges in the Directive on Combating Violence Against Women

In a move purported to combat violence against women and domestic violence, the provisional agreement on the directive was voted upon today in the joint FEMM/LIBE Committee. However, it sparks concerns regarding its legal basis and the inclusion of ambiguous terms, particularly “sexual and reproductive healthcare services.” Despite its commendable aim to address critical issues…

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Certificate of Parenthood: The European Parliament votes in favour and once again violates the Autonomy of Member States

In a decision made on December 14, 2023, during the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted in favour of the regulation proposal for “cross-border recognition of parenthood” with 366 votes in favour, 145 against, and 23 abstentions. This regulation introduces the “European Certificate of Parenthood,” aiming to ensure automatic acknowledgment of parenthood established…

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Abortion Demographics in Spain

The report concerning abortion demographics in Spain, conducted by the Demographic Observatory CEU of CEU-CEFAS, addressed the alarming issue of abortion in Spain and its demographic implications. Directed by the Emeritus Professor of CEU San Pablo University, Joaquín Leguina, and coordinated by the Head of Studies and Social Analysis of CEU-CEFAS, Alejandro Macarrón.   In…

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Northern Ireland Department of Education Considers Parental Right to Opt Out of Abortion Education Lessons

The Department of Education of Northern Ireland has initiated a consultation on the circumstances under which a parent or guardian can excuse a child from receiving education on abortion, after the UK Government introduced regulations that will compel schools in Northern Ireland to teach secondary school students about abortion.   The consultation addresses the possibility…

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