Inside Italian public hospitals, I saw how a US-linked anti-abortion network is ‘humiliating’ women

Inside Italian public hospitals, I saw how a US-linked anti-abortion network is ‘humiliating’ women
An Italian federation of anti-abortion activists, linked to the US religious right, is “infiltrating” hospitals to stop abortions. I saw them in action. (In Italiano).

Francesca Visser
9 March 2020

At 8am on a winter Friday morning, the road to the San Pio hospital in Benevento, a small city in southern Italy, is covered by mist. The hospital’s corridors are quiet, except on the second floor, where abortion-related visits are scheduled to start.

More than forty years after abortions were legalised in Italy, they remain hard for women to access – especially in the south, where most doctors refuse to perform them. In 2017, the entire Benevento province was briefly left with no abortion provider after the only non-refuser at the San Pio hospital retired.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/inside-italian-public-hospitals-i-saw-how-a-us-linked-anti-abortion-network-is-humiliating-women/


European lawmakers demand action on anti-abortion misinformation

European lawmakers demand action on anti-abortion misinformation
openDemocracy investigation sparks cross-party European legislators' call for action on “deliberate disinformation” of vulnerable pregnant women.

Peter Geoghegan and Francesca Visser
12 February 2020

A growing number of European lawmakers from across the political spectrum are calling for action against “deliberate disinformation” targeted at vulnerable women following an openDemocracy special investigation.

This week, openDemocracy revealed that some ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ around the world discourage women from using contraception and say, incorrectly, that abortions increase risks of getting cancer or becoming abusive towards children.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/european-lawmakers-demand-action-anti-abortion-misinformation/


Slovakia – in sixth vote – backs abortion rights

Slovakia - in sixth vote - backs abortion rights

December 5, 2019
Molly Millar

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slovakia narrowly defeated a bill on Thursday that would have forced women seeking an abortion to see images of their unborn child - and hear its heartbeat - in the country’s sixth vote on reproductive rights this year.

The legislation in overwhelmingly Catholic Slovakia would have been the first of its kind in the European Union, raising fears among human rights organizations of setting a precedent in nations pursuing a conservative social agen

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-women-abortion/slovakia-in-sixth-vote-backs-abortion-rights-idUSKBN1Y92FY


Which European countries have the strictest abortion rules?

Which European countries have the strictest abortion rules?
By Alice Cuddy
30/01/2018

Euronews looks at abortion regulations across the European Union to find out whether countries are pro- or anti-abortion.
Which European countries have the strictest abortion rules?

The Irish government has agreed to hold a referendum this year on whether to reform the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

The vote on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment from 1983 that effectively bans terminations is expected to spark strong debate between those in favour of reforms and those who want the policy to stay put.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/30/which-european-countries-have-the-strictest-abortion-rules-


Dutch minister calls on UK to join safe abortion fund after Trump ban

Dutch minister calls on UK to join safe abortion fund after Trump ban

Twenty countries aim to raise $600m to fill gap left by Donald Trump’s ban on funding for pro-abortion NGOs in developing world

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
Friday 24 February 2017

The Dutch government has voiced hope that the UK will join 20 countries to set up a safe abortion fund to fill the gap left by Donald Trump’s “global gag rule”.

Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch international development minister, is leading an international campaign to raise $600m (£480m) to compensate for the Trump administration’s ban on funding for NGOs that provide abortion or information on the procedure to women in developing countries.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/24/dutch-minister-calls-on-uk-to-join-campaign-for-safe-abortion-fund