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A summary of the latest developments in Poland

    Last week, the Polish Minister of Health Andrzej Niedzielski issued a draft ministerial ordinance that – if passed – would digitalize all patients’ data in a system administrated by the Minister himself. The System of Medical Information is to include details regarding pregnancy and any “foreign objects inserted into the body”, including IUDs […]

Slovakia rejected proposed anti-abortion bill

    Yesterday, on October 11, Slovakia rejected an anti-abortion bill proposed by Ordinary People, the senior party in the coalition government. The bill was rejected by one vote, with 67 of the present 134 lawmakers (out of 150 members of the Parliament) voting in favor of it. Among changes the bill was to introduce a prolongation […]

Death toll of anti-abortion law in Poland

    On 29 October 2021 attorney J. Budzowska, who deals with medical error cases announced the death of 30 years old woman, Izabela. 22 weeks’ pregnant woman was said to have been taken to the hospital with an amenorrhea (lack of amniotic fluid). The woman was married and had one daughter. According to the […]

Moldova ratifies Istanbul Convention

    Moldova has ratified the Istanbul Convention, 4 years after initial signing of the document. The Convention is universally recognized as a vital tool for combating gender-based violence, coming with a comprehensive framework for systemic actions targeting violence against women and girls. Moldova will now start the process of enforcing a set of legal and […]

Federa calls to Polish Parliamentarians for 28th September

    The following is a reprint from our Polish member organisation, Federation for Women and Family Planning. For the full article, including the list of the call’s signatories, go to Federa’s website. Polish Parliament is about to discuss introducing further restrictions in the extreme anti-abortion law – read more in our previous entry.   […]

Polish anti-choice NGO files for a total ban on abortion

    A Polish NGO called Pro-Prawo do Życia (Pro-The right to life) filed a civil draft bill (reportedly signed by over 130 000 Polish citizens) in the Parliament today. If passed, the new law would ban abortion with no exceptions. The draft bill proposes to criminalise abortion, meaning the person terminating their own pregnancy […]

Slovak Parliament to discuss a possible abortion ban (again)

    Slovak Parliament is to discuss another draft law aiming to limit access to abortion in the country in the upcoming days. The draft law (Print no. 665) was proposed by a group of MPs from OĽANO (Ordinary People and Independent Personalities), a leading governmental party. It proposes a number of amendments into various laws […]

Activists say Romania Has Been Quietly Phasing Out Abortion

    Daniela Draghici knows firsthand what an abortion ban looks like. In 1976, when she was a college student in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, she got pregnant after her contraception failed. Abortion was prohibited in Romania. With the help of a friend, Draghici was taken to a woman with no medical training to […]

Montenegro struggles with sex-selective abortion

    Montenegro continues to struggle with sex-selective abortion, despite a ban on the procedure introduced in 2009. A deeply engraved social “son preference” causes a fall of births of girls, who are seen “less profitable” for the family. The disturbing demographic trend was discussed during Montenegrin parliamentary session, with Dragan Ivanovic, ruling coalition member, […]

European Court of Human Rights to consider Polish women’s complaints on the abortion ban

    In April 2021 Federation for Women and Family Planning started the Women’s Collective Complaint campaign. Its aim was to encourage Polish women to send applications to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the decision of the so-called Constitutional Tribunal  that banned abortion due to severe fetal defects. The European Court of Human Rights […]

“Abortion is a human right”, European Parliament declares

    Yesterday, on 24 June, European Parliament declared abortion a human right in a historical vote. Adopted document, informally called “the Matić report” (after the text’s author, Predrag Fred Matić, a Croatian Socialist MEP), calls on all member states to recognise reproductive and sexual rights as basic human rights. The text states that withholding access […]

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