About: Abortion

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.
Elections 29-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany is really two countries

Maybe revenge is best served cold. With 12.5% of the national vote, a largely East German constituency had put the first extreme right party into the Bundestag since 1945.
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.
Freedom of thought 22-05-2017

Abortion row hits pro-EU LibDems UK election campaign

The most staunchly pro-EU party in the upcoming British election has been hit by a row over its leader’s Christian beliefs, especially on abortion, undermining its call for a second Brexit referendum.
Health 14-04-2017

Swedish midwife takes case to ECHR over anti-abortion discrimination

A midwife who has been repeatedly denied employment in Sweden due to her anti-abortion stance has decided to refer her case to the European Court of Human Rights as a last resort.
Health 08-03-2017

There’s nothing private about women’s sexual and reproductive rights

In 2017, women’s sexual and reproductive rights should be recognised as human rights. But first they must be freed from the political agenda, writes Carina Autengruber.
Health 03-03-2017

She Decides movement builds momentum as donations flood in

The Dutch Ministry for Development has launched a global movement to counter Donald Trump’s decision to slash funding for healthcare and family planning services in developing countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Freedom of thought 24-02-2017

Malta minister says politicians must ‘help shape public opinion’ on LGBTI rights

Malta’s minister for civil liberties has kicked off a conference on LGBTI rights across the EU with a call for politicians to swim against the tide by “helping shape public opinion, not to be led by it".

Socialists and Democrats reject Polish ‘morning-after pill’ restrictions

MEPs from the Socialist & Democrats are pushing back against the latest attempts by the right-wing government in Warsaw to clamp down on access to contraception, calling it an “attack on women".
Health 15-02-2017

Greece alarmed by high number of abortions among minors

The medical community is concerned about the growing number abortions in Greece as well as the lack of sex education among teenagers.
Health 25-01-2017

Dutch to set up global abortion support fund to counter Trump’s cuts

The Netherlands is launching a global fund to help women access abortion services to compensate for US President Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for foreign groups providing abortions or abortion support for family planning abroad.