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Putin Orders Government to Improve Abortion Prevention Efforts

    President Vladimir Putin has urged the government to improve abortion prevention strategies in an effort to reduce the number of terminated pregnancies and offset Russia's population decline. Putin’s order was made public…
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Polish Parliament's session postponed, possibly due to mass protests

    Polish pro-abortion protests have grown to being the biggest in the history of democratic Poland. Scale of the protests drove Polish ruling party to withhold publication of the abortion-banning ruling of the Constitutional…

Poles take to the streets after the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling

    Poles have been protesting non-stop after Constitutional Tribunal’s decision to ban abortion on the grounds of foetal malformations. For the past week, mass protests were held in every part of the country, including…

Polish Constitutional Tribunal rules to ban abortion in the country

    On October 22, Polish Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling finding abortion on the grounds of "severe and irreversible foetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the foetus’ life" unconstitutional. Poland has…

Slovak Parliament votes against restricting abortion law!

    Slovak Parliament has voted against a bill that would restrict access to abortion in the country. The bill, proposed by the leading parliamentary group back in July, has already passed the first out of three votes in September. It…
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Moldova introduces new National Safe Abortion Standards

    On August 18, 2020, Moldovan Ministry of Health, Labor, and Social Protection approved the revised National Safe Abortion Standards . This decision was made after the document was approved during the Ministry of Health’s…

Slovakia postpones the vote on restricting abortion law

    After weeks of anticipation, Slovak parliament has moved votings on a bill restricting access to abortion in the country for the next sitting, scheduled to start on October 20. The bill has been an important part…

Women's access to abortion care under threat in Slovakia

    111 organizations, including ASTRA Network, express deep concern regarding current threats to reproductive rights in Slovakia in a joint civil society letter published yesterday. The Slovak Parliament is currently debating…

Poland to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

  Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, and Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg, both announced that Poland will soon start the process of withdrawal from the Convention on preventing and combating violence…

Slovak Parliament to discuss 4 bills restricting access to abortion in July

    Slovak Parliament is set to start new session on 7 July, which is scheduled to run until 17 July. 4 new legislative proposals aimed at restricting access to abortion have been registered to be discussed and voted upon…

Montenegro becomes first country in Balkans to legalise same-sex civil partnerships

Montenegro has become the first European country outside both Western Europe and the EU to legalise same-sex civil partnerships. A new bill passed on Wednesday gives same-sex couples equal legal rights as heterosexual ones except for child…
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Romania Vying with Poland and Hungary to Ban Gender Education

    Vying with Poland and Hungary, the Romanian Parliament adopted an amendment to the National Education Law seeking to prohibit information on gender identity in schools, universities and other educational spaces. The amendment…

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