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New anti-abortion legislative proposals presented in Slovakia

    Two new anti-abortion legislative proposals have been registered in the Slovak parliament for the upcoming parliamentary sessions, which is to take place on 15 June - 2 July. Reportedly, the bills are expected to be discussed…
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Istanbul Convention - a regional overview

    Today, on May 11, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of opening the Istanbul Convention for signatures. Istanbul Convention was – and still is – an extraordinary achievement in the international arena of women’s rights…

ASTRA 2020 annual report

    2020 turned out to be an extremely challenging year, mostly - but not only - due to the new reality of COVID-19 pandemic. The world had to reorganize in a great show of solidarity and support in these trying times. However,…

Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Macedonia under attack from anti-gender movement

    In January 2021, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia has presented the new concept of primary education reforms which recognizes the comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) as an optional…

Rising opposition towards sexuality education in Romanian schools

    Parents are opposing to sexuality education classes conducted in schools in Romania. As Daniela Draghici, Romanian activists and ASTRA Network's Advisory Board member, tells us, they are mostly motivated by conservative forces…

Polish "Legal abortion without compromise" civil bill initiative

    On 22 October 2020, the illegitimate Polish Constitutional Court ruled that access to abortion due to “high probability of severe and irreversible foetal disability or incurable disease threatening its life” is unconstitutional.…

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…

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…
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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…
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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…

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…
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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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