SLOVAKIA – Public Defender of Rights challenges Health Minister’s call for refusal of abortions

The Public Defender of Rights, Mária Patakyová has called on the Slovak Minister of Health to guarantee access to safe and timely abortion care following reports that many hospitals in the country are no longer providing legal abortions during the pandemic. “I consider it necessary to emphasize that the Covid-19 pandemic should not be used as an excuse to unduly interfere with women’s sexual and reproductive rights”, she said. According to a spokeswoman for the … Continued

FEATURE: RUSSIAN FEDERATION – All eight federal districts in Russia providing abortions

Last week, we published a report that said abortion was available in only three of Moscow’s 44 public abortion clinics. We asked Campaign members from Russia what the situation is in the rest of the country. The following summarises reports from senior health policymakers and/or senior obstetrician-gynaecologists in all eight federal districts of the Russian Federation: by Galina Dikke Nationally, no one can provide pills for medical abortion using telemedicine in the Russian Federation, and … Continued

LITHUANIA – Minister of Health recommends keeping unwanted pregnancies: EPF responds

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

RUSSIA – Conflicting reports on whether abortions have been stopped in Moscow

Between 100,000 and 150,000 women are at risk of unwanted pregnancies or botched abortions during lockdown measures imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Moscow, Anna Rivina of the women’s rights organization Nasiliu (No to Violence) told the independent Dozhd news channel on 22 April 2020. Nasiliu contacted all of Moscow’s 44 public clinics, but only three told her they would continue to provide abortions during lockdown through the national compulsory medical insurance programme, which the group then reportedon its … Continued

GOOD NEWS FROM POLAND

On 14 April, in lockdown conditions, Poles took to social media and their cars – to oppose the proposals in the Parliament to ban legal abortions and sex education for under-18s. They blocked one of the main roundabouts with their cars. They honked their horns, held up signs in their car windows, and called for people to protest from their balconies, in shopping queues and by putting posters in their windows. The police used loudspeakers … Continued

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