Edite Estrela

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Edite Estrela
GOIH MEP
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Member of the European Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 July 2004
Constituency Portugal
Mayor of Sintra
In office
1994–2002
Preceded by Rui Silva
Succeeded by Fernando Seara
Personal details
Born (1949-10-28) 28 October 1949 (age 64)
Belver, Carrazeda de Ansiães Municipality, Portugal
Nationality Portuguese
Political party National:
Socialist Party
European:
Party of European Socialists
Occupation Politician
Profession Teacher

Edite de Fátima Santos Marreiros Estrela , GCIH (born Belver; 28 October 1949[1]) is a Portuguese politician and was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party;[2] part of the Party of European Socialists.


She is a former Mayor of Sintra from 1994 and 2002 and teacher of literature.[1]

She won worldwide notoriety in 2013 for being the author of a highly controversial parliamentary report on "sexual and reproductive health and rights", in which she asserted that access to abortion is a human right, and that there should be compulsory sexual education "inside and outside school", including training in masturbation for toddlers aged 0-4. Following massive protest from the population, the European Parliament rejected the draft report by a very narrow margin of votes, prompting Estrela to describe her opponents as "lamentable ultra-conservative extremists".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Edite Estrela". European Parliament. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Longer maternity leave eyed in EU to boost births". Reuters. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-11-15.