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European Union: Addressing the urgent needs of refugees from Ukraine who seek sexual and reproductive healthcare and gender-based violence support

    Members of the European Parliament express serious concern about the situation of refugee women from Ukraine and call for concrete efforts by the EU Institutions to ensure fulfilment of obligations under the Temporary Protection Directive.   17 October 2023 (PRESS RELEASE) – Today, the European Parliament held a plenary debate on the situation […]

Statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

      ASTRA Network categorically condemns the actions of the Russian military forces in Ukraine.   As ASTRA Network, we bring together organisations from Central and Eastern Europe – a region so dramatically affected by Russian authorities’ actions in both recent times and history. Rule of fear and violence took a toll on most […]

Polish Minister tightens the state’s control over educational system

    Yesterday, on 13th January, Polish Sejm voted in favour of the so-called “Lex Czarnek”, nicknamed after the Minister of Education and Science PrzemysÅ‚aw Czarnek who presented the draft bill to the Parliament. The new law changes, among others, the ways of inviting NGOs to schools to offer extracurricular activities. All organisation will now […]

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 Å»ycia (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 […]

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