NETHERLANDS – Finding help to have an abortion sometimes has too many barriers

Women on Web is a telemedical abortion service based in the Netherlands. Recent research by them shows that some women living in the Netherlands cannot access abortion services in clinics. During a 9-month period, 172 women living in the Netherlands responded to an online consultation who were seeking help to have an abortion. The responses came not only from the large cities but also from small villages.

ITALY – Seven doctors on trial for manslaughter in the death in Sicily of Valentina Milluzzo in 2016

Seven Italian doctors are on trial for manslaughter, accused of failing to carry out a life-saving abortion as emergency obstetric care in 2016 for Valentina Milluzzo, who began miscarrying when she was 19 weeks pregnant with twins. She died of sepsis, which with prompt and appropriate care, including emergency evacuation of the uterus, can be prevented/treated before it becomes fatal. This cause of death happened to Savita Halapannavar in Ireland four years earlier. The court … Continued

UK – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) video

The RCOG advocates for safe and timely abortion services and support for women across the world. Every woman should have the right to choose what happens to her body. This video – released to mark International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019 – features six obstetrician-gynaecologists from around the world, who support abortion services that are “timely, legal, safe and compassionate”. Source: Video

SPAIN – #Aborto sin Acoso (Abortion without harassment)

Harassment of women and professionals working in specialist abortion clinics is a constant event in Spain since the adoption of the first law allowing abortions in 1985. According to El Salto Diario and ACAI, the national association of abortion clinics, more than 8,000 women have experienced harassment and been insulted and intimidated when attending an abortion clinic since 2010. In response to this year’s anti-abortion “40 days for life”, the Plataforma Proderechos was formed and … Continued

FRANCE – 28 septembre : lettre d’interpellation du collectif “Avortement, les femmes décident !”

(Open Letter by the collective “Abortion, women decide”) The International Federation for Human Rights called for demonstrations across France for 28 September, which happened in many places, as reported in a previous newsletter. They also sent an open letter to Agnès Buzyn, French Minister of Health, calling on her to defend access to abortion for all women. It was signed by a wide range of more than 90 groups and associations – feminist, trade union, … Continued

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