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

SPAIN – Six migrant women denied an abortion in Madrid public health system because of immigration status

In April 2019, Women’s Link Worldwide and the Commission for the Investigation of Violence against Women filed a complaint with the Spanish Ombudsman regarding the cases of six migrant women with irregular immigration status whose access to abortion was delayed by the Spanish public health system, particularly in Madrid. Doctors of the World Madrid, Centro de Atención Integral a Mujeres Concepción Arenal, and Yo Sí Sanidad Universal also assisted with the complaint. The women were … Continued

UK / SPAIN – The Court of Appeal upholds the legality of a buffer zone around a London abortion clinic

The buffer zone around the clinic was imposed by the London council of Ealing in April 2018, but the call to impose national buffer zones around all clinics was rejected by the Conservative government’s Home Secretary in September 2018, in spite of the existence of strong evidence presented to him for imposing them.  This new judgment, handed down by Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies is the first at appeal court level … Continued

SPAIN – Court rules in favour of Association of Accredited Abortion Clinics and dismisses all charges

The Association of Christian Lawyers had sued the Association of Accredited Abortion Clinics (ACAI) “for unfair competition and for disseminating misleading information on its website”. The court rejected all the charges against ACAI as having no legitimacy because there was no economic competition between the two nor any commercial activity involved. The judge also considered that the “spiritual interests” of the Christian association could not enter into this lawsuit. In dismissing all the charges against … Continued

SPAIN – Setbacks for abortion and family planning in Madrid

The Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid has published an “Integrated plan for the consideration of unwanted pregnancies in the Community of Madrid 2017-2010” in which they propose to prioritise the use of medical abortion over the use of vacuum aspiration for abortion because it “causes the least personal, economic and social impact”. ACAI (Assocation of Accredited Abortion Clinics) says medical professionals who provide abortions were not consulted before this document was released … Continued

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