IRELAND – Responses to 2019 Annual Report on abortion statistics

The outgoing Minister for Health Simon Harris, who successfully steered abortion law reform through the Irish parliament, has released the 2019 abortion statistics. Of note is that compared to the previous five years, the reported number of legal abortions had risen greatly. The numbers were 26 in 2014, 26 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 15 in 2017, 32 in 2018, and 6,666 in 2019 (Department of Health Annual Notifications). These included 6,542 abortions for pregnancy … Continued

EUROPE – Covid-19 in children and adolescents in Europe: a multinational, multicentre cohort study

A technical abstract is simplified here for ease of understanding, as the study contains two important findings: that children do get Covid-19 and are therefore a potential source of infection of each other and the adults in their lives, and secondly that only a small proportion of children develop severe disease, and death is rare.


On 17 June 2020, Women on Web reported that their website has been blocked since the end of January 2020 across the whole of Spain. Other countries who were blocking their websites as of 2019 were Brazil, Iran, Turkey, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Spain’s action was adopted without any prior formal notification that they argue conforms to the minimum standards of due process. On 8 June, Women on Web requested the Agencia Española de … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – A complicated legal situation prevails in spite of definitive abortion law reform in 2019

On 6 June, the Northern Irish parliament (Stormont Assembly) in Belfast debated a motion from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a party heavily influenced by evangelical Protestantism. The motion read “That this Assembly welcomes the important intervention of disability campaigner Heidi Crowter and rejects the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome.”   This arises from an extremely unusual political situation that developed in 2019. The Storont Assembly had not … Continued

FRANCE – Request by women’s rights members of parliament to extend the upper time limit for surgical abortion during the pandemic fails

On 28 May, a request for an extension of the upper time limits for surgical abortion by two weeks, from 14 weeks to 16 weeks LMP, was rejected by the Senate by 156 votes to 143, with 37 abstentions. Proposing the extension was Senator Laurence Rossignol (top left), former Minister of Women’s Rights, Laurence Cohen (top right) of the French Communist Party also involved in women’s rights, and a number of professional organisations. It was … Continued

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