Croatians March in Defence of Abortion Rights

Croatians March in Defence of Abortion Rights
The traditional 'Solidarity March' organised by the Zagreb Antifascist Network, in cooperation with the Platform for Reproductive Rights, was devoted this year to the reproductive rights of women.

Sept 29, 2018
Anja Vladisavljevic, BIRN Zagreb

Hundreds of abortion rights activists and supporters marched through the centre of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, on Saturday, calling for abortion rights to be upheld.

Under the motto “Loudly about Abortion!”, the rally began in the Square of the Victims of Fascism, where demonstrators called for abortion procedures to be provided for free under the state healthcare system and for an end to the social stigma surrounding it.

Continued: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/croatians-marched-to-defend-abortion-rights-09-28-2018

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How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

By Chris Bell BBC News
27 July 2018

Dozens of women march in silence through a rainy cityscape. Heads bowed, dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets, it looks like a scene from Gilead, the theocratic patriarchy Margaret Atwood created in dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale.

But this is Buenos Aires. It is Wednesday, and the women involved are calling for abortion to be decriminalised in a country where complications arising from illegal abortion are a leading cause of maternal death.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-44965210

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Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

AFP
May 19, 2018

Zagreb (AFP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets in Croatia's three biggest cities on Saturday in rallies that largely passed without incident, even as the issue continues to divide the staunchly Catholic EU member state.

Police estimated that around 10,000 people took part in a "March for Life" in Zagreb, carrying banners that read "I'm not a choice, but a child", while thousands more demonstrated in both Split and Rijeka on the Adriatic coast.

Continued: https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-croatians-march-against-abortion-145800979.html

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Busting Abortion Stigma with inroads

Busting Abortion Stigma with inroads

Mar 30, 2018
By Camila, YouAct member

Last week I entered a beautiful, stigma-free world: where people have access to legal, safe, and free abortions, where your economic situation, nationality, gender, disability, race, religion or age don’t limit your access to healthcare, where you don’t have to justify your decision to continue or end a pregnancy, where having the right to make your own decisions over your body is a given, where your emotions and feelings are taken seriously, and where diversity is celebrated. This world was the inroads Global Gathering, which took place in Zagreb from the 12th to 16th of March 2018.

I was invited to the inroads Global Gathering to present YouAct’s work on stigma busting through the ‘Speak My Language’ Project: two toolkits that explain abortion stigma with a focus on Eastern Europe and show how storytelling can be an incredibly empowering and effective tool to bust stigma.

Continued: http://youact.org/2018/03/30/busting-abortion-stigma-with-inroads/

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Reproductive rights activists counteract the “Walk for Life” in Croatia

Reproductive rights activists counteract the "Walk for Life" in Croatia
May 21, 2017

Croatian’s Platform for women’s reproductive rights organized a series of actions in order to highlight the real intension of the so-called “Walk for life”

Zagreb, Croatia: Platform for women's reproductive rights warns that the so-called "Walk for life" is a political gathering that has nothing to do with the preservation of life but has an agenda to restrict abortion accessibility and to make it illegal. In other words, to take away a women's right to decide if she wants to, when and with whom to have children.

Continued at source: Astra: http://www.astra.org.pl/repronews/500-reproductive-rights-activists-counteract-the-walk-for-life-in-croatia.html

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Croatia anti-abortion march draws 20 000

Croatia anti-abortion march draws 20 000
AFP
May 21, 2017

Zagreb - About 20 000 people hit the streets on Saturday for anti-abortion protests in staunchly Catholic Croatia, whose top court recently issued a landmark ruling rejecting calls to ban the procedure.

The issue is deeply divisive in the European Union nation and rights groups warn that the right to abortion is being threatened by growing pressure from groups backed by the church.

Activists also say large numbers of public hospital doctors invoke a conscientious objection clause in Croatian law to refuse to perform the procedure.

Continued at source: News24: http://m.news24.com/news24/World/News/croatia-anti-abortion-march-draws-20-000-20170521

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Croatia refuses to ban abortion

Croatia refuses to ban abortion
02/03/2017

Croatia’s Constitutional Court has upheld a law allowing abortion, saying the legislation does not breach the country’s constitution.
However, the court urged parliament to pass new abortion legislation within two years.
The head of the Constitutional Court, Miroslav Separovic, told a news conference that current legislation allowing a woman to terminate up to the 10th week of pregnancy did not breach the constitution.

“It is not up to the Consitutional Court to rule when human life begins,” Separovic told reporters.

Continued at link: Euronews: http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/02/croatia-refuses-to-ban-abortion

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Croatia: Government Denies Intention to Change Abortion Law

Government Denies Intention to Change Abortion Law
by Vedran Pavlic
Feb 27, 2017

Summary: Croatia's deputy prime minister Ivo Steir is trying to calm fears that the government plans to ban abortion, after the Foreign Affairs of the European Union reported that Croatia, Hungary, and Poland took a conservative stance in a human rights debate within the EU Council, that abortion is not considered an unquestionable right of women.

Continued at source: Total Croatia News: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/17001-government-denies-intention-to-change-abortion-law

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Croatia’s anti-abortion lobby finds new ways to spread its message

Website posing as support tool and centres offering free board are among tactics used to discourage termination of pregnancies
Woman praying

Masenjka Bacic in Split for BIRN

Wednesday 30 November 2016 07.00 GMT

Search the internet in Croatia for abortion clinics and the top result on Google appears, at first glance, to be a website offering information to women about the procedure.

But klinikazapobacaje.com is in reality part of a nationwide campaign aimed at discouraging women from terminating their pregnancies.

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Source: The Guardian

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Anti-Abortion ‘Prayers’ Cause Rumpus in Croatia

06 Oct 16, Balkan Insight
by Sven Milekic

A row has broken out about abortion rights after a Catholic initiative in Croatia, "40 Days for Life", started its annual campaign of public prayers in front of hospitals, campaigning against abortion and for the life of unborn children.

The controversy began after the group's branch in the eastern town of Vukovar said on Facebook on Tuesday that a woman was coming to Vukovar hospital from a nearby village to have an abortion - and the group should assemble there for a prayer vigil.

“The arrival of a pregnant woman from a nearby town to [have an] abortion in the Vukovar hospital is announced. We urge all prayers to join us in large numbers tomorrow in front of Vukovar hospital, as we greet her like a princess and show how valuable she is and how we are willing to do anything to help her to choose life,” the group said on Facebook

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Source: Balkan Insight

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