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Health 28-09-2021

Health Brief: Booster shots. Not if, but when

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Health Brief, your weekly update on all things healthcare in Europe.
Coronavirus 14-07-2021

French health agency: Women’s health more affected by pandemic than men’s

The coronavirus pandemic has affected women more than men in France in 2020, according to the national public health agency Santé Publique France, which said that women's socioeconomic status played a greater role than purely health factors. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 25-06-2021

EU parliament demands progress in ensuring women’s sexual reproductive health

The European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on sexual reproductive health and rights of women on Thursday (24 June), calling on member states to ensure access to abortion, contraception and sexuality education.
Global Europe 30-12-2020

‘We did it, sisters’: Argentina Senate legalises abortion

Argentina’s Senate voted on Wednesday (30 December) to legalize abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a triumph for women’s rights campaigners achieved over the visceral objection of the Catholic Church.

Gridlock in Poland as thousands protest abortion ban

Thousands of people took to the streets of Poland for a fifth straight day of protests against a constitutional court ruling that would impose a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country.

EP condemns Hungary and Poland’s controversial coronavirus moves

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Friday (17 April) describing the recent Hungarian and Polish government actions during the coronavirus outbreak as "totally incompatible with European values."
Health 14-01-2020

Athens metro advertises anti-abortion campaign

An anti-abortion campaign poster displayed in the metro of Athens has triggered the strong reaction of the government, which forced the transportation company to immediately remove it.

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion, same-sex marriage changes

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.
Freedom of thought 19-11-2018

Women’s reproductive safety – the most important moral concern

Women in Europe are still dying because doctors refuse to perform abortions. Caroline Hickson explains why moral concerns should not stand in the way of the primary goal of any healthcare system, to care for and protect its patients by providing quality care for all.
Freedom of thought 30-05-2018

Ireland’s Yes vote ushers in a new era for women’s rights in Europe

EU institutions should be emboldened to take concrete actions to defend reproductive freedom across the whole of Europe after Irish citizens voted massively in favour of repealing the country’s abortion ban, writes Caroline Hickson.
Freedom of thought 28-05-2018

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.
Freedom of thought 25-05-2018

Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum

Ireland votes today (25 May) in an abortion referendum that could be a milestone on a path of change in a country that, only a few decades ago, was one of Europe’s most socially conservative.
Freedom of thought 03-05-2018

When disability becomes a death sentence

MEPs condemn 'mercy killing' in other countries, but are turning a blind eye to European abortion laws that discriminate against foetuses on the grounds of disability, writes Alice Neffe.
Freedom of thought 24-04-2018

EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

The EU’s top court has dealt a blow to anti-abortion activists, ruling that the European Commission was justified in its refusal to propose a ban on EU funding for abortion services.
Freedom of thought 05-04-2018

Polish activist: Nothing is right about women’s rights in Poland

On 23 March, tens of thousands of people hit the streets of Polish cities to protest against imposing further restrictions on the abortion law. Poland's is one of the strictest in Europe, second only to Ireland, where a referendum aiming at liberalising access to abortion is planned next month.
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Latin America lagging behind on women’s rights

Imprisoned for having an abortion, forced to keep a child born out of rape, pushed to commit suicide: women pay a heavy price in Latin America, where several countries’ legislation greatly restricts abortion. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Freedom of thought 11-01-2018

Poland’s abortion debate back in parliament

Poland's abortion debate was back on the agenda on Wednesday (10 January), more than a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women successfully took to the streets in the Catholic country to stop the tightening of a law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.
Health 07-12-2017

Backlash of regressive laws curtail women’s rights, report finds

Women’s sexual and reproductive rights are “under threat”, warned the Council of Europe.
Freedom of thought 28-09-2017

Ireland’s abortion restrictions are a disgrace. Where’s the EU’s soft power?

This week thousands of Irish people in cities all over the world, including Brussels, will be protesting in solidarity with tens of thousands marching in Dublin for access to abortion, writes John Hyland.
Freedom of thought 28-09-2017

Will the EU take a stand against the erosion of women’s rights?

In the last year, increased political attacks on the safety and dignity of women, within the EU and beyond, have made human rights a hot topic in the European public sphere, writes Caroline Hickson.
Freedom of thought 15-09-2017

EU faces legal ‘turf war’ on controversial religious freedom cases

Freedom to live by the values of religious faith is protected in the EU treaties under Article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. But it remains a legal grey area across the EU.
Brexit 30-06-2017

May narrowly wins confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on Thursday (29 June), highlighting the weakness of her Conservative Party which lost its majority in a shock general election result earlier this month.
Freedom of thought 15-06-2017

UK party leader quits after election defeat ‘to remain faithful to Christ’

The leader of Britain’s most pro-EU party, the Liberal Democrats, resigned last night (14 June), saying it was “impossible” to be both a committed Christian and a frontline politician in 2017.
Freedom of thought 12-06-2017

‘Brexit’ election results in alliance with DUP anti-abortionists

A “Brexit election” that left UK Prime Minister Theresa May without an overall majority has forced her into a precarious alliance with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, who are deeply opposed to gay rights and abortion.