EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE – The European Court of Justice should dismiss the claims of the far right, as the European Commission did in 2014

In 2012, throughout the European Union, the most traditionalist and reactionary networks, religious groups and movements decided to mobilise to collect more than one million signatures on a petition to the European Commission to demand the end of financing by the European Union of all activities related to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. These signatures were submitted to the European Commission who, in 2014, refused to bow to these demands. Now … Continued

EUROPEAN MICROSTATES – The other places in Europe where abortion is almost completely illegal

Alongside Malta, Poland and Northern Ireland, European microstates are some of the richest countries on the continent, but access to abortion is curtailed. This includes the microstates of San Marino (in Italy), Liechtenstein (between Switzerland and Austria), Monaco (in France), and Andorra. These microstates are political relics of a bygone era. Since the 13th century, Andorra has been ruled as a co-principality between a Catholic bishop and the French head of state. Monaco and Liechtenstein … Continued

CROATIA – Croatian women are accessing abortions in Slovenia

In February 2019, we reported that the cost of an abortion in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) was two times lower than in Croatia, and that some women from Croatia were consequently deciding to have an abortion in BiH. Now, a recent investigation has found that Croatian women who live near the border with Slovenia are crossing that border for abortions too, in spite of the fact that both countries have a similar abortion law. The … Continued

POLAND – Polish women travelling for abortions to Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Belgium, UK and Slovakia

Anna (a pseudonym), aged 39, qualified for a legal termination under Polish law, but a woman needs a doctor to write a referral: “Many won’t,” she said, “either because they signed a conscience clause that they won’t perform abortions, or don’t want any trouble. There was a real chance of going one hospital to another, passing banners with chopped up foetuses on my way, hoping someone would take pity on me. Hoping that the nurses … Continued

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – Statement: Call on Ursula von der Leyen to strongly support and defend gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

As Members of the European Parliament and representatives of MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the pro-choice network ALL of US, we call on the newly elected President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to protect and further strengthen gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the work programme for the European Commission 2019-2024. … Gender equality is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and … Continued

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