Metsola takes over the helm of a European Parliament at a critical moment in Europe’s future, and can still play an important role in ensuring women’s access to abortion. Indeed Europe’s most recent resolution to focus on reproductive rights, the 2021 Matic resolution, was initiated by the Parliament who instructed the European Commission to introduce legislation on reproductive rights.
The resolution frames abortion as a human rights issue and specifically condemns Poland and Malta for their restrictive abortion laws.
While the resolution was subject to a large number of amendments, and Metsola voted against it, the final text that was passed in 2021 urges decriminalization of abortion in member states and the removal of any obstacles to abortion.
If Metsola is to stand by her claim of respecting the Parliament’s position on abortion then she must put forward decriminalization of abortion — even in her home state of Malta.