During the nationwide coronavirus quarantine, introduced on 16 March, healthcare institutions are no longer providing “non-essential” services. Some healthcare institutions in Lithuania have included abortion among these. During a press conference on 22 April 2020, when asked what women who need an abortion should do, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said it could be an occasion for women to “reconsider their choice”. “I’d urge families and women to be responsible and not to use methods that are illegal or could … Continued
The Lithuanian Parliament is due to discuss a draft law that would strongly restrict women’s access to legal abortion leaving only two options for accessing the procedure: when women’s life and health are in danger and in cases of rape. The text was proposed by the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania who have since 2005 unsuccessfully tried to submit bills to criminalise abortion. In response, the ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network … Continued
Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (FPSHA) carried out an anonymous online survey on attitudes towards abortion. Personal attitudes towards abortion varied but 73% felt positive about the opportunity to have an abortion if it was needed, while some 90% recognised the stigma surrounding abortion.
14 December 2015 The Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights and young activists led the protest near the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science offices. With this protest, the activists wanted to encourage politicians to solve the problem of sexuality education in Lithuania. They highlighted that HIV spreads rapidly among youth and teen girls get pregnant two times more often than girls in Western Europe countries. The protest participants held up banners with messages such as: … Continued