POLAND – Widespread opposition and condemnation again stops fundamentalist politicians from punitive law reform

Fundamentalists, led by activist Kaja Godek forced the Social Policy and Family Committee of the Polish parliament to debate the repressive “Stop abortion” bill on 2 July 2018. This bill aimed to criminalise abortions on grounds of fetal impairment, which under the existing narrow law make up 95% of all legal abortions carried out in Polish hospitals. The decision to hold this debate was a surprise, because the Committee had previously said it would not deal … Continued

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY POLAND: Why does your government hate women so much?

To the Members of the Polish Sejm and the parliamentary clubs: The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion has nearly 1,300 members in 119 countries who support women’s right to safe abortion. On behalf of all the members of the Campaign, I am writing to urge you to drop this vicious, anti-women, anti-abortion bill. It will not stop abortions, it will not save babies who could not survive on their own no matter … Continued

EUROPE / SEXUALITY EDUCATION – The Current State of Sexuality Education in Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands: Insights from a Youth Perspective

Aiming to bring attention to the need for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and to empower and encourage young leaders to influence their national policies, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality and YouAct initiated the “Europe for CSE” project, with support from ShareNet. Youth advocates from Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands joined forces, worked online and met in Amsterdam to set-up concrete advocacy plans at national level, including meetings with volunteers, round tables, online campaigns … Continued

POLAND – Polish abortion rights advocates reported to the police, but no charges were brought (yet)

Dear Abortion Friends, Some time ago we, the Abortion Dream Team (an informal group working on destigmatisation of abortion) and Kobiety w Sieci (community of women with abortion experience who run the online forum and support each other), found out that two anti-choice organizations had filed reports with the police accusing us of committing two kinds of crimes and asking them to press charges against us for our activities. One supposed crime they accused us … Continued

EUROPEAN COMMISSION & GENERAL COURT – The General Court confirms the decision of the European Commission not to submit a legislative proposal based on the citizens’ initiative ‘One of Us’

According to the Treaty on European Union, EU citizens, not fewer than one million from at least a quarter of all Member States, may take the initiative of inviting the Commission, within the framework of its powers, to propose to the EU legislature to adopt a legal act for the purpose of implementing the Treaties (‘European citizens’ initiative’). Before being able to begin collecting the requisite number of signatures, the organisers of the initiative must … Continued

MACEDONIA – Macedonia to revise restrictive abortion law

The recently appointed Health Minister of Macedonia, Venko Filipce, announced in March 2018 that he is working to change the country’s restrictive law on abortion and will soon submit his proposals to parliament. The intention is the improvement of the protection of women’s health as a priority. The current law was adopted in 2013 and sparked widespread criticism from women’s and human rights activists. This is only one among many planned reforms that the country … Continued

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS – Access to abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormality: a new direction for the European Court of Human Rights? 

Recent cases have paid less heed to whether abortion is legally available within States, have focused on the vulnerability and suffering of the respective applicant(s), and have taken an approach that aligns with the absolute nature of Article 3.

POLAND – In response to all-male discussions of women’s issues on TV, a group of women made a mock programme on men’s sexuality

TV talk shows in Poland seem to be making regular programmes about women’s issues to which only men are invited to air their views. The most recent was a debate on abortion on 29 March 2018, which included a former European Deputy who lost his seat for calling a compatriot a Nazi collaborator; a member of an opposition party that is Democratic Christian and ruralist; a member of a populist right-wing movement; a member of … Continued

POLAND – Tens of thousands march against the latest anti-abortion bill on 23 March

Between 55,000 and 90,000 people took the streets of Warsaw and other cities across Poland on 23 March to protest against the anti-abortion bill that would make abortion on grounds of severe and fatal fetal anomaly illegal, another #blackfriday in Poland. Watch this video (already watched more than 607,000 times) of the march. A statement signed by more than 200 human rights and women’s rights groups from around the world was also published on the … Continued

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