About: Abortion

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 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 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.
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 28-09-2016

Women must have jurisdiction over their own bodies

It is hard to believe that in 2016, we are still fighting for a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, but the unfortunate truth is that the situation for women across much of Europe has stagnated, or even worsened, writes Caroline Hickson.
Health 20-04-2016

EU must not backslide on sexual and reproductive rights

It would have been hard to miss the recent furore caused by Donald Trump’s flip-flopping around on the Republican abortion bandwagon. But frankly, what worries me much more is what is happening here in Europe, writes Caroline Hickson.
Development Policy 09-12-2014

Abortion: Choice is a human right

In many developing countries today women and girls have their human rights violated by their own government, resulting in mental torment, horrific injury or even death, write MEP Heidi Hautala, Greens, Finland and MEP Sophie in 't Veld, ALDE, Netherlands, Co-chairs of the European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development (EPWG). 
Sirpa Pietikäinen
Development Policy 16-04-2014

The EU must stand firm against ‘One of Us’

The proposal by ‘One of Us’ to ban funding for any activities that could involve the destruction of human embryos is regressive, counter-productive, and inimical to the EU’s ideals, writes Sirpa Pietikäinen
Development Policy 12-03-2013

The EU needs to make a greater effort to protect women

By signing and ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the EU would send a strong political message to step up efforts to end violence against women and overcome inequality, writes Tewodros Melesse.

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