The UK House of Commons voted on 9 July by 332 for and 99 against to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland, bringing them in line with the rest of the UK. A similarly large majority passed an amendment … Continued
Dr Kristina Haenel was fined € 6,000 euros in 2017 by a court in Giessen after stating on her website that she carried out abortions. That simple statement was said to violate the legal ban on “advertising” abortion, which carried … Continued
On 7 June 2019, the French Senate adopted a bill increasing the upper time limit for women to have an abortion on request from 12 weeks to 14 weeks. Laurence Roussignol, the French Socialist Party Senator who presented it, said: … Continued
This commentary is a response to Katarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska’s article on the treatment of criminal abortion laws as a form of sex discrimination under international human rights law through a study of the communications, Mellet v. Ireland and Whelan v. Ireland. The commentary offers a reading of these communications, and specifically the sex discrimination analysis premised on inequalities of treatment among women, as an engagement with the structural discrimination that characterises abortion laws, and as a radical vision for gender justice under international human rights law.
On 14 June 219, a German court found two more doctors who had put a simple announcement on their practice website to say they provided abortion services guilty of breaking the law, and fined them each €2,000. The government earlier … Continued