European Social Charter

The decision on the merits adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights in the complaint International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy is public

International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy, Complaint No. 87/2012

[10/03/2014]  The complaint was registered on 9 August 2012. 

It concerns the right to health (Article 11 of the European Social Charter, read alone or in conjunction with the non-discrimination clause in Article E), and more specifically the protection of the right to access procedures for the termination of pregnancy.

The complainant organisation claims that the formulation of Article 9 of Law No. 194 of 1978, which governs the conscientious objection of medical practitioners in relation to the termination of pregnancy, is in violation of the aforementioned provisions of the Charter, in that it does not does not protect the right to access termination of pregnancy procedures.

In its decision, the European Committee of Social Rights concluded that:

- by 13 votes to 1, that there is a violation of Article 111 of the Charter

- by 13 votes to 1 that there is a violation of Article E read in conjunction with Article 11 of the Charter.

Complaint No. 87/2012
Decision on the merits No. 87/2012
Summary of the decision on the merits
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