CROATIA – “We cannot allow sex education to be put into the hands of theologians and nuns”

Officially, Croatian women can exercise the right to abortion liberally. But Croatia is a country with an active anti-abortion movement where, under pressure from the Church, few doctors are willing to implement the law. According to a study by the private television company RTL, six out of ten gynaecologists refuse to do abortions and five of the country’s 27 public hospitals also refuse. Then there are so-called prayer groups (like in the USA, says the … Continued

MACEDONIA – Parliament has passed new abortion legislation: report from HERA

On 14 March 2019, the Macedonian Parliament adopted new abortion legislation which fully respects women’s rights and choice for pregnancy termination. HERA (Health Education and Research Association) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) were members of the Ministry of Health working group for drafting the new law. Some 90% of the clauses proposed by CSOs were included in the final text, meaning this law is indeed a great win for all women and women/gender organisations … Continued

POLAND – Fighting drastic anti-choice banners

Anti-choice organisations in Poland are becoming more and more visible in the public sphere with drastic images of dismembered fetuses to distort the truth about abortion. The Right to Life Foundation has been presenting its manipulative exhibition since 2005, but it was not until the elections in 2015 that they extended their scope of action. The Right to Life Foundation and the Life and Family Foundation were given a green light by the authorities to … Continued

CROATIA / BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Developments on abortion and conscientious objection in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The cost of an abortion in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) is two times lower than in Croatia. More women from Croatia are consequently deciding to have an abortion in BiH. Even though doctors can claim conscientious objection in both countries, the situation in Croatia is worse as public pressure to refrain from abortion is higher there. The problem in Croatia is worst for women from smaller towns and villages who may find that no one … Continued

NORTH MACEDONIA – New draft law on abortion adopted by the Government of North Macedonia

The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia announced that the new Draft Law on Abortion has been adopted and that it will be submitted to the Parliament. H.E.R.A. – Health Education and Research Association, together with 21 CSOs as part of the Platform of Gender Equality welcomed the adoption of the new draft law, in the drafting of which their representatives participated.  The existing law prevents women from receiving abortion services on time, often … Continued

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