NETHERLANDS – Finding help to have an abortion sometimes has too many barriers

Women on Web is a telemedical abortion service based in the Netherlands. Recent research by them shows that some women living in the Netherlands cannot access abortion services in clinics. During a 9-month period, 172 women living in the Netherlands responded to an online consultation who were seeking help to have an abortion. The responses came not only from the large cities but also from small villages.


Never again written by Justine Van De Beek, Netherlands Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, for Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019. “Never again. It’s this phrase, with an accompanying illustration of a coat hanger, that has become a recurrent visual in worldwide women’s marches. It symbolizes a dark history for many and a dark current reality for too many still.”  “Today is International Safe Abortion Day. This day originates in Latin … Continued

YOUTUBE – Two reports of YouTube censorship: do you know of more??

On 15 January 2018, YouTube removed two videos by Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to have an abortion with medications. Some of the animations can be seen in the documentary Vessel. Women on Web said: “By censoring information on safe abortion, YouTube may contribute to morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion. By removing the video channels, YouTube violates the right to … Continued

NETHERLANDS – New cabinet scuppers plans to allow family doctors to provide medical abortion pills

The new cabinet has withdrawn draft legislation to allow family doctors to prescribe medical abortion pills in the very early stages of pregnancy, the Volkskrant newspaper said. The move is the first concrete sign of the influence of the two Christian parties in government since the recent election on medical ethics issues, the paper said, both of which oppose any widening of the current abortion laws. The mife+miso pill, named Sunmedabon, is currently only available … Continued

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