Europe https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/125/all en Joint Statement issued by Center for Reproductive Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/joint-statement-on-restrictive-legislation-in-slovakia <span>Joint Statement issued by Center for Reproductive Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><strong><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>As members of Slovakia’s parliament debate proposed legislation that, if enacted, will potentially impede women’s access to abortion services, Amnesty International, Center for Reproductive Rights, Human Rights Watch and International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network have issued the following statement:</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We are deeply concerned by the current legislative attempts to roll back on the reproductive rights of the women of Slovakia.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Slovakia’s Parliament is debating new draft legislation that would require women seeking abortion </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>care to undergo mandatory ultrasound scanning, to view and obtain an ultrasound image of the </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>embryo or foetus and, where technically possible, to listen to the “heartbeat of the embryo or </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>the foetus.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The proposed legislation also seeks to prohibit “advertising” on abortion and to impose a </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>fine of up to €66,400 on those who order or disseminate it.<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref1_4kwqtwy" title="Návrh poslankýň Národnej rady Slovenskej republiky Evy Smolíkovej, Magdalény Kuciaňovej a Evy Antošovej na vydanie zákona, ktorým sa mení a dopĺňa zákon č. 576/2004 Z. z. o zdravotnej starostlivosti, službách súvisiacich s poskytovaním zdravotnej starostlivosti a o zmene a doplnení niektorých zákonov v znení neskorších predpisov a ktorým sa menia a dopĺňajú niektoré zákony, print no. 1729 (27 Sept. 2019)." href="#footnote1_4kwqtwy">1</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If adopted, this legislation will harm women’s health and well-being, obstruct their access to safe abortion care and violate Slovakia’s international human rights obligations.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Forcing women in Slovakia to undergo a mandatory ultrasound, view the ultrasound image and listen to the “foetal heartbeat” before abortion would undermine their privacy, personal integrity and autonomy in decision-making about health care, and would subject them to harmful stigma, humiliation and degrading treatment. It would violate the requirement that medical decision-making must be free of coercion, and that a patient’s consent to medical procedures should be given freely and voluntarily.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>There are no medical grounds whatsoever for the proposed changes. As confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no medical reason for routine ultrasound prior to abortion. Instead, the WHO has underlined that women’s decisions to access abortion care should be respected and that safe abortion should be “delivered in a way that respects a woman’s dignity, guarantees her right to privacy and is sensitive to her needs and perspectives.”<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref2_9fgc3qq" title="World Health Organization, SAFE ABORTION: TECHNICAL AND POLICY GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS (2d ed. 2012), at 6, 34, 64." href="#footnote2_9fgc3qq">2</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>International human rights mechanisms have stressed that states must ensure the availability and quality of safe abortion services in line with the WHO safe abortion guidelines, including removing measures that attempt to dissuade women from accessing abortion care.<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref3_1g2ilmt" title="See, e.g., Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment No. 22 on the right to sexual and reproductive health (article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), para. 41, E/C.12/GC/22 (2016); Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding Observations: Hungary, para. 31(c), CEDAW/C/HUN/CO/7-8 (2013); Russian Federation, paras. 35(b), 36(b), CEDAW/C/RUS/CO/8 (2015); Slovakia, para. 31(c), CEDAW/C/SVK/CO/5-6 (2015); Macedonia, para. 38(d), CEDAW/C/MKD/CO/6 (2018); Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, para. 24, U.N. Doc. A/66/254 (Aug. 3, 2011); COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Europe (2017), at 11." href="#footnote3_1g2ilmt">3</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If this legislation is adopted, Slovakia would be the only EU member state to impose such harmful requirements on women. No other member state imposes on women a requirement to undergo </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>mandatory ultrasound for obtaining abortion care and no other EU member state requires that women view ultrasound images or listen to the “foetal heartbeat” before abortion.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Similarly, the WHO has stressed the importance of ensuring all women have access to evidence-based information about abortion and their entitlements to legal reproductive health care.<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref4_7e6gnsy" title="World Health Organization, SAFE ABORTION: TECHNICAL AND POLICY GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS (2d ed. 2012), at 95." href="#footnote4_7e6gnsy">4</a> The proposed prohibition of “advertising” on abortion would lead to restrictions on women’s ability to access evidence-based information on abortion care, and would have a chilling effect on the provision of such information by medical providers. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>International human rights mechanisms have underlined that medically unnecessary legal restrictions on the availability of evidence-based information on sexual and reproductive health, including safe and legal abortion, contradict states’ obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill women’s right to the highest attainable standard of health. They have made it clear that “[s]uch restrictions impede access to information and services, and can fuel stigma and discrimination”, and have called upon states to “[e]nsure that accurate, evidence-based information concerning abortion and its legal availability is publicly available.”<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref5_e9pdhum" title="Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment No. 22, supra note 3, para. 41; Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, supra note 3, para. 65(l)." href="#footnote5_e9pdhum">5</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In addition, the European Court of Human Rights has held that “[o]nce the legislature decides to allow abortion, it must not structure its legal framework in a way which would limit real possibilities to obtain it”<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref6_8w5h9rr" title="Tysiąc v. Poland, No. 5410/03 Eur. Ct. H.R., para. 116 (2007)." href="#footnote6_8w5h9rr">6</a>, and has underscored that European states have “a positive obligation to create a procedural framework enabling a pregnant woman to exercise her right of access to lawful abortion.”<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref7_cdtyx23" title="R.R. v. Poland, No. 27617/04 Eur. Ct. H.R., para. 200 (2011)." href="#footnote7_cdtyx23">7</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If adopted, the proposed legislation will undermine Slovakia’s compliance with its obligations under international human rights treaties to guarantee women’s rights to health, privacy and information, to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment, and will contravene the principles of non-discrimination and equality in the enjoyment of rights. In addition, the adoption of these proposals will be contrary to the fundamental international legal principle of non-retrogression. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>International human rights mechanisms have repeatedly called on Slovakia to remove barriers to, and ensure access to, safe and legal abortion. Most recently, in October 2019, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed deep concern about this pending regressive legislation and urged Slovakia to avoid any retrogression in relation to women’s </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>sexual and reproductive health rights.<a class="see-footnote" id="footnoteref8_7xni1a1" title="Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Concluding Observations: Slovakia, paras. 41-42(e), E/C.12/SVK/CO/3 (2019)." href="#footnote8_7xni1a1">8</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We call on all Members of Parliament to reject this regressive legislative proposal and refrain from any further attempts to restrict reproductive rights in Slovakia.”</span></span></span></span></p> <ul class="footnotes"><li class="footnote" id="footnote1_4kwqtwy"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref1_4kwqtwy">1.</a> Návrh poslankýň Národnej rady Slovenskej republiky Evy Smolíkovej, Magdalény Kuciaňovej a Evy Antošovej na vydanie zákona, ktorým sa mení a dopĺňa zákon č. 576/2004 Z. z. o zdravotnej starostlivosti, službách súvisiacich s poskytovaním zdravotnej starostlivosti a o zmene a doplnení niektorých zákonov v znení neskorších predpisov a ktorým sa menia a dopĺňajú niektoré zákony, print no. 1729 (27 Sept. 2019).</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote2_9fgc3qq"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref2_9fgc3qq">2.</a> World Health Organization, SAFE ABORTION: TECHNICAL AND POLICY GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS (2d ed. 2012), at 6, 34, 64.</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote3_1g2ilmt"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref3_1g2ilmt">3.</a> See, e.g., Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment No. 22 on the right to sexual and reproductive health (article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), para. 41, E/C.12/GC/22 (2016); Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding Observations: Hungary, para. 31(c), CEDAW/C/HUN/CO/7-8 (2013); Russian Federation, paras. 35(b), 36(b), CEDAW/C/RUS/CO/8 (2015); Slovakia, para. 31(c), CEDAW/C/SVK/CO/5-6 (2015); Macedonia, para. 38(d), CEDAW/C/MKD/CO/6 (2018); Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, para. 24, U.N. Doc. A/66/254 (Aug. 3, 2011); COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Europe (2017), at 11.</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote4_7e6gnsy"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref4_7e6gnsy">4.</a> World Health Organization, SAFE ABORTION: TECHNICAL AND POLICY GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS (2d ed. 2012), at 95.</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote5_e9pdhum"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref5_e9pdhum">5.</a> Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment No. 22, supra note 3, para. 41; Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, supra note 3, para. 65(l).</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote6_8w5h9rr"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref6_8w5h9rr">6.</a> Tysiąc v. Poland, No. 5410/03 Eur. Ct. H.R., para. 116 (2007).</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote7_cdtyx23"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref7_cdtyx23">7.</a> R.R. v. Poland, No. 27617/04 Eur. Ct. H.R., para. 200 (2011).</li> <li class="footnote" id="footnote8_7xni1a1"><a class="footnote-label" href="#footnoteref8_7xni1a1">8.</a> Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Concluding Observations: Slovakia, paras. 41-42(e), E/C.12/SVK/CO/3 (2019).</li> </ul></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/joint-ngo-letter-slovakia" hreflang="en">Joint NGO letter on Slovakia </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/slovakia" hreflang="en">Slovakia</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:33:41 +0000 ehorwitz 58797 at https://reproductiverights.org Joint NGO letter on Slovakia https://reproductiverights.org/document/joint-ngo-letter-slovakia <span>Joint NGO letter on Slovakia </span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/shadow-letters-reports" hreflang="en">Shadow Letters &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-11/Joint%20NGO%20letter_Slovakia_Bill%201729%20%282019%29_final%20updated.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=55913" title="Joint NGO letter_Slovakia_Bill 1729 (2019)_final updated.pdf">Join NGO Letter</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/slovakia" hreflang="en">Slovakia</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:18:24 +0000 ehorwitz 58796 at https://reproductiverights.org Victory for Women in Northern Ireland https://reproductiverights.org/story/victory-women-northern-ireland <span>Victory for Women in Northern Ireland</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Court rules restrictive abortion law violates women’s rights</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/91" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">glee</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/03/2019 - 17:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, in a victory for women’s reproductive rights in Northern Ireland, the High Court of Northern Ireland ruled that the jurisdiction’s highly restrictive abortion law violates women’s human rights.</p> <p>In the judgment handed down, the High Court found in favor of Sarah Ewart who claimed that her right to privacy was violated in 2013 when she was prohibited from accessing abortion care in Northern Ireland following a diagnosis of fatal fetal impairment.  The Center for Reproductive Rights, with support from Debevoise &amp; Plimpton, intervened as a third party to support Ms. Ewart’s case. In the Center’s amicus brief, the Center provided the High Court with information on relevant international jurisprudence  to its deliberations, in particular the groundbreaking decisions of the UN Human Rights Committee in <em>Mellet v. Ireland</em> and <em>Whelan v. Ireland</em>. </p> <p>This win comes on the heels of the adoption of legislative provisions by the UK Parliament in July calling for the reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion law.  In conjunction with today’s victory, these developments indicate that, in line with the global trend toward liberalization, women and girls in Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion care in their place of residence.</p> <p>Northern Ireland currently has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world and women face the threat of imprisonment for terminating a pregnancy in almost all circumstances. “Highly restrictive laws harm women’s health and violate their human rights. Law reform to decriminalize and legalize abortion in Northern Ireland is imperative. Women and girls must be allowed by law to access abortion care legally at home without having to travel to another jurisdiction,” explained Leah Hoctor, the Center’s Regional Director for Europe. Today’s judgement is a critical step in ensuring that Northern Irish women are allowed to do just that.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 21:45:46 +0000 glee 58763 at https://reproductiverights.org Court Rules Northern Irish Abortion Law Violates Women's Human Rights https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/court-rules-northern-irish-abortion-law-violates-womens-human-rights <span>Court Rules Northern Irish Abortion Law Violates Women&#039;s Human Rights</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/03/2019 - 10:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>(Geneva)</span></span></span></strong><span><span>—The Center for Reproductive Rights welcomes today’s judgement from the Northern Irish High Court which ruled that Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion law contravenes women’s human rights.</span></span><span><span> The Center intervened as a third party in Ms. Ewarts case</span></span><span><span> and it was represented by Lord Goldsmith QC of Debevoise &amp; Plimpton LLP.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“<em><span>Highly restrictive abortion laws like those in place in Northern Ireland harm women’s health and violate their human rights. Law reform to decriminalize and legalize abortion in Northern Ireland is imperative. Women and girls in Northern Ireland must be allowed by law to access abortion care legally at home without having to travel to another jurisdiction</span></em>,” said Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In its judgement the Court ruled in favor of Sarah Ewart who claimed that her right to private life, as enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, was violated in 2013 when she was prohibited from accessing abortion care in Northern Ireland following a diagnosis of fatal fetal impairment during her pregnancy.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Today’s judgement follows the adoption of legislative provisions by the UK parliament on 9 July calling for the reform of the Northern Irish abortion law. Following the adoption of those legislative amendments, a moratorium on the criminalization of abortion in Northern Ireland is slated to enter into force on 21 October 2019 and legislative reform to repeal laws criminalizing abortion in Northern Ireland is foreseen for early 2020. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Northern Ireland's abortion law is one of the most restrictive in Europe. Abortion is prohibited in almost all circumstances and is a serious criminal offence. While women in England, Scotland, and Wales can access abortion on broad socio-economic grounds, those in Northern Ireland face the threat of imprisonment for seeking a termination—even in instances of rape or fatal fetal impairment. Every year hundreds of women from Northern Ireland travel to other jurisdictions to access legal abortion care. </span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:38:10 +0000 ehorwitz 58759 at https://reproductiverights.org Northern Ireland Takes Critical Step Toward Decriminalization of Abortion https://reproductiverights.org/story/northern-ireland-takes-critical-step-toward-decriminalization-abortion <span>Northern Ireland Takes Critical Step Toward Decriminalization of Abortion </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jeanne</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In contrast to the recent proliferation of abortion bans and restrictions throughout the United States, the overall global trend is toward the liberalization of abortion laws and decriminalization of abortion. For decades, European countries have been at the forefront of this progress, indeed, in the past eighteen months alone a wave of liberalizing reforms has swept across Europe. On July 9th, the United Kingdom became the latest country to follow this pattern when UK lawmakers voted to reform Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion laws. The legislative provisions adopted on July 9th call for the reform of Northern Irish abortion law and require the UK Government to introduce these reforms prior to October 21st, 2019.</p> <p>Currently, Northern Ireland has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, which are dramatically out of step with abortion laws across most of Europe and with the rest of the UK. While women in England, Scotland, and Wales <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws">can access abortion on broad socio-economic grounds</a>, those in Northern Ireland face the threat of imprisonment for seeking a termination—even in instances of rape or fatal fetal impairment.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Highly restrictive abortion laws like those in place in Northern Ireland harm women’s health and violate their human rights. Urgent reforms need to be enacted to decriminalize abortion in Northern Ireland, allowing women and girls to access abortion care legally at home without having to travel overseas,” explained Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for Europe.</p> <p>This week’s major victory for reproductive rights is the result of indefatigable advocacy of women and activists throughout Northern Ireland. For decades, they have been fighting for the right to safe and legal abortion, and the Center has been proud to provide legal and technical advice in support of these efforts. In 2018 and 2019, we were granted leave to intervene as a third-party before the UK Supreme Court and Northern Ireland High Court in seminal human rights litigation brought by women and organizations in Northern Ireland challenging the jurisdiction’s abortion laws on human rights grounds.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sub>Photo Credit:&nbsp;<a data-v-247c12f1="" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/13186007@N05">Rachel Sample</a>, licensed under&nbsp;<a data-v-247c12f1="" href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/?ref=ccsearch&amp;atype=rich">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0&nbsp;</a>. This photo was cropped for scale.&nbsp;&nbsp;</sub></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 18:39:01 +0000 jeanne 58613 at https://reproductiverights.org UK Parliament votes to extend abortion and same-sex marriage rights in Northern Ireland https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/uk-parliament-votes-extend-abortion-and-same-sex-marriage-rights-northern-ireland <span>UK Parliament votes to extend abortion and same-sex marriage rights in Northern Ireland</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/09/2019 - 16:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>(GENEVA)--In a 332 to 99 vote, the UK Parliament has just adopted provisions calling for the decriminalization of abortion in Northern Ireland. </p> <p>“This is a major step towards the advancement of reproductive rights in Northern Ireland,” said Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Laws that criminalize and prohibit abortion care harm women’s health and violate their human rights. We hope that today’s vote means that women and girls in Northern Ireland will soon be able to legally access the health care they need at home.” <br />  <br /> In England, Wales, and Scotland abortion is permitted on broad social circumstances under the 1967 Abortion Act; however, in Northern Ireland abortion remains prohibited in almost all circumstances and is subject to criminal prosecution. Today, the UK parliament voted on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, calling for abortion to be decriminalized in Northern Ireland.  <br />  <br /> Today’s vote is in line with the ongoing global trend in favor of the legalization and decriminalization of abortion. Over the past 18 months multiple European countries have undertaken important reforms to guarantee access to abortion care. Earlier this year Iceland enacted a new law permitting abortion on request up to 22 weeks, while North Macedonia removed mandatory counseling and waiting periods. These are just some examples of multiple progressive advancements throughout the continent. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 20:59:23 +0000 ehorwitz 58610 at https://reproductiverights.org The World’s Abortion Laws: Supplemental Publications https://reproductiverights.org/document/worlds-abortion-laws-supplemental-publications <span>The World’s Abortion Laws: Supplemental Publications </span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jeanne</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=5751923" title="World-Abortion-Map.pdf">The World’s Abortion Laws Map (2019)</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-AcceleratingProgress.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=291381" title="World-Abortion-Map-AcceleratingProgress.pdf">Accelerating Progress: Liberalization of Abortion Laws Since ICPD (Fact Sheet) </a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-ByTheNumbers.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=833017" title="World-Abortion-Map-ByTheNumbers.pdf">By the Numbers: The Legal Status of Abortion Worldwide (Fact Sheet) </a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-GlobalView.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=62233" title="World-Abortion-Map-GlobalView.pdf">A Global View: Mapping Abortion Rights Worldwide </a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/the-worlds-abortion-laws-map" hreflang="en">The World&#039;s Abortion Laws Map (2014)</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/asia" hreflang="en">Asia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 28 May 2019 20:25:14 +0000 jeanne 58516 at https://reproductiverights.org Perilous Pregnancies: Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU https://reproductiverights.org/document/perilous-pregnancies-health-care-for-undocumented-migrant-women-in-the-eu <span>Perilous Pregnancies: Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/15/2019 - 21:07</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</h2> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Perilous-Pregnancies-Health-Care-For-Undocumented-Migrant-Women-Cover.png?itok=50ZexJCv" width="150" height="195" alt="Perilous Pregnancies: Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Perilous-Pregnancies-Health-Care-For-Undocumented-Migrant-Women-EU.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=1900157" title="Perilous-Pregnancies-Health-Care-For-Undocumented-Migrant-Women-EU.pdf">Perilous Pregnancies: Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 16 May 2019 01:07:27 +0000 jmccabe 58481 at https://reproductiverights.org Unequal Access to Maternal Health Care in the EU https://reproductiverights.org/story/unequal-access-maternal-health-care-eu <span> Unequal Access to Maternal Health Care in the EU </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Access to quality maternal health care is a human right to which all women and girls are entitled. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, or any other social, economic or political affiliation, all pregnant persons are guaranteed access to affordable and quality maternal health services under international human rights laws and standards. However, the laws and policies of many governments across the world are falling short of these obligations, placing certain groups of women at particular risk.</p> <p>Our comprehensive legal and policy analysis of European Union (EU) member states sheds light on the stark health care inequities faced by undocumented migrant women, and the dearth of services and free or affordable health care available to this vulnerable population. Our latest report, “<a href="/document/perilous-pregnancies-health-care-for-undocumented-migrant-women-in-the-eu">Perilous Pregnancies: Barriers in Access to Affordable Maternal Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the European Union</a>,” highlights that many EU states do not provide sufficient access to universal and equitable maternal health care services for all people living within their jurisdiction. As a result, undocumented migrant women, who are among the EU’s most vulnerable and marginalized population groups, often face a lack of access to adequate antenatal care, insufficient or substandard care, and a lack of access to affordable skilled care during childbirth.  </p> <p>These inequalities not only endanger the health and lives of thousands of undocumented migrant women in the EU, they also contravene EU governments’ human rights obligations. As parties to numerous international human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, all EU member states are required to eradicate legal and policy obstacles that undermine undocumented migrant women’s access to affordable health care. </p> <p>This report provides policy makers across Europe with a roadmap toward ensuring that laws and policies protect undocumented women’s health and lives and comply with international human rights laws and standards, by:  </p> <ul><li>Outlining the series of steps that all EU governments should take to reform discriminatory laws and policies.</li> <li>Showcasing best practices by identifying those EU jurisdictions that have adopted laws and policies that provide for undocumented migrant women’s access to affordable maternal health care.</li> <li>Underlining the reasons that addressing remaining inequalities is a critical step toward protecting the health of all pregnant women in Europe.</li> </ul><p><a href="/document/perilous-pregnancies-health-care-for-undocumented-migrant-women-in-the-eu">Read the full report &gt;&gt;</a> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/New-Report-Roma-Women-Experience-Discrimination-Receive-Poor-Reproductive-Health-Care-Slovakia" hreflang="en">New Report: Roma Women Experience Discrimination, Receive Poor Reproductive Health Care In Slovakia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/perilous-pregnancies-health-care-for-undocumented-migrant-women-in-the-eu" hreflang="en">Perilous Pregnancies: Health Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 15 May 2019 13:24:16 +0000 jmccabe 58480 at https://reproductiverights.org Expert Opinion by the Center for Reproductive Rights to the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Draft Law of the Federal Government on Improving Information on Abortion https://reproductiverights.org/document/expert-opinion-center-reproductive-rights-parliament-federal-republic-germany-draft-law <span>Expert Opinion by the Center for Reproductive Rights to the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Draft Law of the Federal Government on Improving Information on Abortion</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/shadow-letters-reports" hreflang="en">Shadow Letters &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/91" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">glee</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On 6 February 2019, the German government agreed on a draft law to revise §219a of the Penal Code which currently prohibits doctors and other medical professionals from publicly stating that they perform legal abortions and providing medically accurate information on abortion in the public domain. The new draft law would permit medical providers to state on their websites that they perform legal abortions; however, it would continue to restrict their public provision of medically accurate information on abortion care.</p> <p>The Center submitted an expert opinion to the German Parliament to provide lawmakers with an overview of international human rights standards, public health guidelines, and comparative European law on the regulation of information provision on abortion care. As the submission outlines, international human rights law requires states to decriminalize medical professionals’ provision of information related to legal abortion care and ensure that women can access medically accurate information on safe, legal abortion care, including from their doctors.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/CRR_expert_opinion_abortion_EN.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=140767">CRR_expert_opinion_abortion_EN.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/CRR_expert_opinion_abortion_DE.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=158277">CRR_expert_opinion_abortion_DE.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:51:43 +0000 glee 58637 at https://reproductiverights.org