Edite Estrela

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Edite Estrela
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
20 July 2004
Constituency Portugal
Mayor of Sintra
In office
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
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".


  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.