While she has advocated for LGBT rights as part of the center-right EPP group
— the largest political party in the European Parliament
— her track record of voting against abortion legislation has drawn criticism from progressive members
Nel 2015, she said in a joint statement that she and two other Maltese MEPs
“remain categorically against abortion
” and called the procedure a
“linea rossa.” The lawmakers voted down a non-legislative report on gender equality due to an amendment which said women should have
“ready access to abortion.
Più recentemente, nel mese di giugno 2021, Metsola was among a minority of lawmakers who votato to strike down another non-legislative report calling for universal access to safe and legal abortion across the EU
. On Tuesday she said this move had
Her election on Tuesday drew anger from some on the Parliament’s left, with the Federation of Young European Greens writing on Twitter: “This is not progress.”
But Metsola told reporters that she will commit to promoting the
” position of the parliament
, which has repeatedly voted in the past to support abortion rights
. L'anno scorso, the body passed a resolution demanding the right to safe abortion
— widely seen as a response to restrictive laws in Poland and Malta
Metsola is the first woman to hold the presidency in two decades, following seven men. The previous leader, Sassoli, died aged 65 last week following a serious complication due to a dysfunction of his immune system.
“Your hard work & determination are an inspiration to us all. We’ll work closely together for the EU’s recovery and a green, digital & bright European future,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted after Metsola’s victory.
“My warmest congratulations to Roberta Metsola as new President of the European Parliament,” President of the European Council Charles Michel added.
“The European Parliament is the beating heart of our European democracy. Looking forward to cooperating with you, dear Roberta,” Egli ha detto.