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
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
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.
Screening for medical abortion without exam or ultrasound shows promise as a means for increasing access to this service. More research is needed to develop screening criteria that are more inclusive and simpler for clinical use.
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
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
Geneva (22 March 2018) – A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on the Polish parliament to reject a new draft bill entitled “Stop Abortion” which will be debated this week and which risks causing serious damage to women’s health and lives, and violating Poland’s international human rights obligations. The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has called on the Polish Parliament … Continued
On 14 March, the Polish Bishops’ Conference issued a communiqué, requesting the Law and Justice Party (PiS), who are the government party in parliament to immediately start processing the pending draft bill in the Polish parliament, which prohibits abortion on grounds of fetal anomaly, even when the fetus is irreparably damaged. Without even pretending that the Polish state is in any way independent from the church, PiS decided that this bill – which aims to … Continued
In 2017 the Women’s Resource Centre Armenia has launched an initiative to develop a network of experts to advocate for women’s reproductive rights. The Network members are representatives from different organizations and activists who have a background in reproductive rights. An issue of the highest importance currently, on which the network is focussing, is access to abortion. In August 2016 the Armenian Government passed an amendment to the Law on Human Reproductive Health and Reproductive … Continued
Armenia, after China and Azerbaijan, is the third country in the world where we have the most abortions of female fetuses. According to the statistics, before a campaign to discourage the practice, between 110 and 120 boys were born for every 100 girls. Pray to bear a son, they say. Abortions based on sex selection were prohibited in Armenia in 2016, because the sex ratio showed a considerable gap between men and women and was … Continued