ICPD+25 NEWS

1. POLAND: STOP PRESS Please sign the petition by Polish Women’s Strike opposing the presence of Polish religious extremists at the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi We, Polish women, who have been fighting in the black protests in 150 cities in Poland against the religious fundamentalist’s total ban on abortion in 2016 and 2018, urge you not to trust those who approach you with “Christian values” or “family rights”. We want you to know that the foundation Ordo … Continued

GERMANY – Her court case exposed Germany’s abortion laws for a new generation of activists

In 2017, Kristina Hänel (photo, right), a German doctor, age 63, became a cause celebre. She is a doctor who offers abortion services, and as others before her, she was fined €6,000 for “advertising” this service on her website. We reported this when it first happened. What sets Hänel apart today is her ongoing battle against paying the fine, which she says she will take all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. … Continued

BELGIUM – Decriminalisation of abortion: the debate is re-opened in the parliament

Members of the Justice Committee in the Belgian parliament have re-opened the debate on the decriminalisation of abortion. Five bills have been tabled, all of which go further than the current law, as amended in October 2018. But there are differences between the bills and the parties supporting them. Hence, there may not be a sufficient majority for decriminalisation of abortion. The law reform of October 2018 legalised abortion under in certain conditions, but did … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – The North is now!!! Northern Ireland abortion law reformed midnight 21 October 2019

Congratulations to everyone!!!! At midnight on 21 October 2019, Sections 58 & 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 were repealed in Northern Ireland. Marriage equality became law too!!! The abortion law has been in place in Great Britain since 1967 but was never extended to Northern Ireland, and thousands of women and girls were barred from accessing abortions at home and with dignity. Alliance for Choice NI put out a press release … Continued

UK – Letter to the Home Secretary re buffer zones for abortion clinics nationally

In 2018, the UK Home Office conducted a review of the evidence for buffer zones around all abortion clinics, to prevent women and staff being harassed by anti-abortion groups and individuals. The Home Office response was that national buffer zones would not be a “proportionate’ solution” as the level of harassment was not serious enough to warrant it. Following a Freedom of Information request, national abortion provider Bpas discovered that the evidence given to the … Continued

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