Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Counseling Requirements in Central and Eastern Europe

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Обязательные периоды ожидания и предвзятое консультирование в странах Восточной и Центральной Европы: Oграничение доступа к аборту, нарушение прав человека и закрепление пагубных гендерных стереотипов

(Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Counseling Requirements in Central and Eastern Europe: Restricting Access to Abortion, Undermining Human Rights, and Reinforcing Harmful Gender Stereotypes)

This Fact Sheet in Russian (originally published in English in 2015) presents an overview of regressive legal and policy measures that impose mandatory waiting periods and biased counselling and information requirements prior to abortion. It examines how and why these regulations contravene international human rights standards and the World Health Organization’s guidelines on safe abortion. It draws on the jurisprudence and recommendations of international human rights mechanisms, which have recognised that they undermine women’s human rights.

Кому предоставлено право на жизнь?: Права женщин и пренатальные гарантии в свете прав человека и сравнительного правоведения

(Whose Right to Life? Womens Rights and Pre-natal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law)

This Toolkit (originally published in English in 2014) sets forth international and comparative legal standards for interpreting right to life protections. An emerging trend to extend a right to life before birth, and in particular from conception, poses a significant threat to women’s human rights, in theory and in practice. These efforts, often rooted in ideological and religious motivations, are part of a deliberate attempt to deny women the full range of reproductive health services that are essential to safeguarding women’s fundamental rights to life, health, dignity, equality, and autonomy, among others. The Toolkit  identifies how relevant human rights, public health, and scientific evidence supports legal protections to guarantee women’s rights as a crucial step in protecting the right to life and ensuring the health and well-being of women and their children.

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