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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 Tribunal, initially planned for October 2. After days of protests, Polish President, Andrzej Duda, presented his own draft of an anti-abortion […]

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 rural areas. On Sunday, October 25, some protesters were spotted in churches, holding pro-abortion banners during Sunday Masses.  A day […]

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 already had one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with the procedure being banned with three exceptions: with the pregnancy […]

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 proposed a number of amendments into various Slovak laws concerning, among others, reproductive care and […]

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 Counsel of Experts’ meeting, which took place a month earlier, on July 3, 2020. The goal of the National Safe Abortion […]

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 of public discussion in Slovakia since early July, when it was first presented by the current ruling […]

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 draft legislation that if adopted would impose new barriers to accessing lawful abortion care, harm women’s health and well-being, and undermine their decision-making and privacy. […]

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 against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. The current ruling party, Law and Justice, has […]

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 positions gender as an ideological invention and bans “theories and opinion on gender where it is a separate concept from biological […]

Croatian women show the middle finger to abortion remarks

    Croatian politicians were left in no doubt about the strength of feeling on the subject of abortion in the country, after remarks in pre-election debates prompted a backlash visualised by perhaps the most defiant gestures of all – the middle finger. Miroslav Skoro of the Homeland Movement and Goran Jandrokovic of the ruling […]

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