EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS – Swedish midwives have lost: it’s finally over

We covered this case in 2017 through three courts in Sweden and their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. It’s finally over. It’s worth repeating what happened from the beginning since the news outlets haven’t got it quite right: In Sweden, conscientious objection to abortion is not recognised in law. A Swedish midwife who refused to participate in abortions or prescribe contraceptives, which were part of the job description of a job she … Continued

1968: A REVOLUTIONARY YEAR – also for reproduction

 by: – Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway – Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden – Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark – Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland   “This year, in 2018, it is 50 years since reproductive rights – including the right to decide whether to have children and how many children to have – were first formally recognised. More … Continued

EL SALVADOR / SWEDEN – What it’s like to be the world’s first abortion refugee

In 2012, María Teresa Rivera (one of Las 17) was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated homicide after she had had a miscarriage without realising she was pregnant. On 20 May 2016, on appeal, the Third Court recognised that there was not enough evidence to prove the commission of any crime and that her conviction had been a judicial error. The previous judgment was annulled and she was immediately granted her freedom. She … Continued

SWEDEN- The case of the anti-abortion Swedish midwives – again

  On 17 March, 19 April and 31 May, we published three reports from Sweden on the cases of two midwives who sought to keep their jobs in spite of declaring conscientious objection to abortion, which is not recognised under Swedish law, and refusing to provide abortion services, which were a part of their job descriptions. The most recent report said they were considering taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights, as … Continued

Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

A Swedish government agency on Tuesday threatened to cut aid to NGOs which have suspended abortion services over fears of losing US funding due to a decree signed by President Donald Trump. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which aims to tackle global poverty, said it has decided that “partner organisations that receive aid to work on sexual and reproductive health and rights but also accept the president’s orders, can no longer receive aid”. … Continued

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