On 15 January 2018, YouTube removed two videos by Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to have an abortion with medications. Some of the animations can be seen in the documentary Vessel. Women on Web said: “By censoring information on safe abortion, YouTube may contribute to morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion. By removing the video channels, YouTube violates the right to … Continued
The new cabinet has withdrawn draft legislation to allow family doctors to prescribe medical abortion pills in the very early stages of pregnancy, the Volkskrant newspaper said. The move is the first concrete sign of the influence of the two Christian parties in government since the recent election on medical ethics issues, the paper said, both of which oppose any widening of the current abortion laws. The mife+miso pill, named Sunmedabon, is currently only available … Continued
Women Help Women, an international group linking activists, organisations and researchers around the world to increase the availability of reproductive health choices, is collecting statements from women around the globe about why they risk imprisonment to help women access the abortion pills they need to preserve their rights and autonomy.
Health Minister, Edith Schippers, is introducing a new law by the end of this year that will require GPs to apply for licences to provide the pills, under which both early abortions and the doctors would be subject to the criminal law. According to the medical journal Medisch Contact, doctors and abortion rights activists are taking the Health Ministry to court for failing to provide clear guidelines about the use of medical abortion pills.
The Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers wants to make medical abortion available from GPs, as pills are currently only available in hospitals and abortion clinics. Another change she intends is that doctors will have to report all prescriptions to the Health Ministry Inspectorate, thus bringing early abortions under the Dutch abortion law. Early abortion (with amenorrhoea up to 45 days = 17 days after a missed period), has never been considered to be an abortion for which a licence or registration of the abortion with the Health Inspectorate is required.