European Parliament Elects Youngest-Ever President — and She’s Pro-Life

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Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola has been elected as the European Parliament’s youngest-ever president as well as the first woman in 20 years to fill the position.

Metsola is also strongly opposed to abortion, a rarity among European government politicians.

The 43-year-old mother-of-four has a long history of voting consistently against abortion, which is consistent with Malta’s own complete ban on abortion, Life News reports.

While Metsola is pro-LGBT, she has consistently sided with her home country’s resistance to abortion and in 2015 joined a group of her countrymen in signing a statement in which they declared their “categorical” opposition to abortion, according to the BBC.

The small island nation remains one of Europe’s last abortion-free countries and has resisted pressure from the European Parliament to legalize it.

“We would be wrong to give anyone the impression that the European Parliament or MEPs have any power or competence to legislate on this matter. This is only the prerogative of Malta’s national parliament. This is a right that belongs to our Parliament and a right that I respect,” she stated in July after voting against a report which stated that abortion is a “human right.”

Whether she will be willing to bring these same staunch views to how she leads the entire body, however, remains to be seen.

According to the BBC, when pressed on her views on “reproductive rights,” Metsola reportedly noted that the European Parliament has “repeatedly called for these rights to be better protected” and that her position “is that of the European Parliament.”

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