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Poland introduces a nearly-total ban on abortion

    January 27 – Just before midnight, the abortion-banning “ruling” of Polish Constitutional Tribunal was published in Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland. As of this day, abortion is illegal in Poland, with exceptions of the pregnancy being a result of rape or incest, or a threat to the woman’s life or […]

Polish Constitutional Tribunal publishes justification for the abortion-banning ruling

    January 27 – On Wednesday evening, Polish Constitutional Tribunal published a justification of the abortion-banning “ruling” issued on October 22, 2020. For the ban to come to life, the “ruling” still has to officially be published in Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland. Although this has not happened yet, governmental officials […]

Russian Orthodox Church changes stance on abortion

    In December 2020, Russian Orthodox Church revealed a change in the institution’s stance on abortion abortion. Vladimir Legoyda, main spokesperson for Russian Orthodox Church, commented on the topic of abortion in a TV interview in RTVI, a New York-based Russian-language channel aimed at expats. According to Legodya, the institution insists on changing the status […]

Polish women lodge a collective application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg after the abortion-banning ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal

  We are reprinting an article from our member organisation, Federation for Women and Family Planning, that has undertaken numerous steps to act against Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling on abortion, issued back in October.  Together with cause dedicated lawyers, we (Federation for Women and Family Planning) are starting an action entitled Women’s collective complaint (Skarga […]

Romanian Constitutional Court brings back gender studies

    The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled that banning gender studies in Romanian educational system was unconstitutional and therefore annulled the law. The ban was originally proposed by a centre-right Popular Movement Party and adopted last June. An amendment to National Education Law, the ban claimed gender to be an ideological invention and banned “theories […]

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 days after Poland’s top court deemed abortions performed in cases of fetal defects to be unconstitutional. For Poland, which already had some of […]

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 […]

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