Abortion is a protected right in Spain. But the govt blocked a website that provides abortion info and pills.

Since becoming legal in 1985, right-wing politicians have periodically made feeble attempts to limit or ban access to abortions. Each time it happens though, the action is met with strong pushback from the public.

July 16, 2020
By Shauna Blackmon and Lucía Benavides

Access to abortion in Spain is sacrosanct. The procedures are free — covered by the public national health care system — and allowed up until the 14th week of pregnancy for any reason; until the 22nd week with a doctor’s note; and sometimes after 22 weeks if there are issues with either the fetus’ or the mother’s health.

Since abortion become legal in 1985, right-wing politicians have periodically made feeble attempts to limit or ban access to it. Each time it happens, though, the action is met with strong pushback from the public.

Continued:  https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-07-16/abortion-protected-right-spain-govt-blocked-website-provides-abortion-info-and


The Covid-19 crisis has made it even more difficult to get an abortion in Spain

The Covid-19 crisis has made it even more difficult to get an abortion in Spain
(from International Campaign for Safe Abortion, translated from Spanish)

by Marisa Kohan
April 6, 2020

With public health services, a woman has to go through three, even four steps before she can have an abortion, sometimes having to travel far from where she lives. To date, this process has only been changed in Catalonia in response to Covid-19. One of these legally compulsory trips is to collect in person an envelope with information prepared by each autonomous community – known as 'face-to-face information' that contains an explanation of the abortion procedure and other resources in case the woman changes her mind. From that point, she must wait three days (mandatory reflection), before an abortion can be carried out.

For several weeks, various SRHR advocacy groups have been calling on the autonomous provincial governments and central government to reduce the number of trips necessary to access an abortion and thus reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection. They have called for procedures to be carried out electronically, such as the delivery of the envelopes.

On 3 April, Catalonia became the first and only community to eliminate this face-to-face procedure. An order from the Ministry of Health decreed that this information should be delivered electronically. The Association of Accredited Clinics for the Termination of Pregnancy (ACAI), whose clinics remain open, made this same request to the Ministry of Health, but to date have received no response. They also forwarded the request to the Minister of Equality, whose sources affirmed to Público that the "proposals are being studied", and "everything will be coordinated with Health, which is the competent Ministry", but not saying which proposals are on the table.

"It is paradoxical that during a state of emergency, in which absolutely everything has been regulated and with restrictions on fundamental rights and civil rights, no one has yet tackled this issue," said Silvia Adalvert, spokesperson for the Association of Family Planning of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. "What we are talking about is how women are at risk right now. When the message is to stay home, we are still asking women to make three visits to three different health centres, in many cases in another province. In the end, abortion remains a right that is not a right."

Migrant women already faced many obstacles, but now some of the health centres they must use have closed, and they are still required to comply with a series of administrative requirements, including to demonstrate they have been in Spain for more than 90 days.

SOURCE (in Spanish): Público, by Marisa Khohan, 7 April 2020 ; PHOTO, by Tomas Bravo, Reuters, 2013
https://www.publico.es/sociedad/aborto-coronavirus-crisis-coronavirus-abortar-sea-dificil-e-inseguro.html


Abortion provision thrown into doubt by coronavirus pandemic

Abortion provision thrown into doubt by coronavirus pandemic

By Laura Smith-Spark, Valentina Di Donato and Stephanie Halasz, CNN
March 27, 2020

London (CNN)As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, women's access to abortion is one of many healthcare provisions thrown into jeopardy.

The UK government caused confusion this week when it first announced that women would temporarily be allowed to access early medical abortion at home, rather than attending a clinic -- and then, hours later, reversed its decision.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/health/coronavirus-abortion-access-intl/index.html


SPAIN – Anti-abortion lawyers’ group loses their case against two abortion clinics

SPAIN – Anti-abortion lawyers’ group loses their case against two abortion clinics

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Feb 20, 2020

The Superior Court of Justice of the Principality of Asturias, the highest court in the Principality, has overturned the ruling of the Provincial Court of Oviedo and found that the publicity materials of the Belladona and Buenavista Clinics are in conformity with the regulations of the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The ruling supports the decision of the Ministry of Health in the Principality, who defended the two clinics’ promotional information. The health professionals in both clinics are members of ACAI (Association of Accredited Abortion Clinics), a national association.

The Provincial Court of Asturias had ruled in favour of a complaint by an active anti-abortion Christian lawyers’ group a few days previously, which argued that the clinics’ publicity was misleading. However, the Superior Court of Justice maintained that the lawyers’ group lacked legitimacy to oppose the clinics’ appeal, since it had no “subjective right or legitimate interest in the matter” in accordance with jurisdictional law.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/spain-anti-abortion-lawyers-group-loses-their-case-against-two-abortion-clinics/


Vox deputy offering ultrasounds to women outside Madrid abortion clinics

Vox deputy offering ultrasounds to women outside Madrid abortion clinics
Far-right politician Gadór Joya has not confirmed how long she has been running the “Life Ambulance Project,” or how many patients she has persuaded to go forward with their pregnancies

Isabel Valdés
Madrid 18 NOV 2019

A member of the Spanish far-right group Vox has been performing ultrasounds on pregnant women outside abortion clinics in Madrid. Gádor Joya, a pediatrician and a deputy in the Madrid regional assembly, says she has been providing the free service – dubbed the “Life Ambulance Project” – from a van because she believes women “don’t know what they are carrying inside them” when they get pregnant.

“I and other doctors have been giving these women ultrasounds… Precisely because I have been doing this, I know what has been hidden from these women. Most of them, when they receive the information and hear the heartbeat, decide to go forward with their pregnancies,” said Joya at a regional health committee meeting on November 5.

Continued: https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/18/inenglish/1574067256_699300.html


Barriers to Access to Abortion for Migrant Women in Spain

Barriers to Access to Abortion for Migrant Women in Spain

April 11, 2019

Spain has a law limiting access to public healthcare services for migrants with irregular immigration status
Advocacy groups condemn the restriction, which undermines the sexual and reproductive rights, including abortion rights, of migrant women

Madrid, 11 April 2019 – The international organization Women’s Link Worldwide and the Commission for the Investigation of Violence Against Women have filed a complaint with the Spanish Office of the Ombudsman detailing the cases of six migrant women with irregular immigration status whose access to abortion was delayed by the Madrid public health system. The women were victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, or otherwise at risk.

Continued: https://www.womenslinkworldwide.org/en/news-and-publications/press-room/barriers-to-access-to-abortion-for-migrant-women-in-spain


It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion

It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion
Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education

Clara Rita Padilla
June 01, 2018

Last May 25, in a historic referendum, Ireland paved the way to increase access to abortion. The Irish citizens who voted to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution providing equal protection to the life of the woman and the unborn have won. This is great news for Irish women and for women living in restrictive abortion laws.

Finally, the overwhelming vote of 66.4% to repeal the 8th amendment is in line with women’s right to health. It clearly manifests respect for women’s right to decide and a significant step to save women’s lives and freedom from disability that result from denial of access to safe and legal abortion.

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/203572-time-decriminalize-abortion-philippines


The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland

The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland
Rebecca Gomperts helps women who can’t terminate pregnancies under the law.

by Jillian Deutsch
3/20/18

AMSTERDAM — Abortion may be illegal in Ireland, but it is already a reality for thousands of women in the country because of packets of pills openly smuggled in by a Dutch doctor and activist called Rebecca Gomperts.

So as Ireland gets ready to hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to legalize the termination of pregnancies in one of the last European countries to ban it, there is already broad consensus among the country’s politicians that it’s time to bring abortion out of the shadows.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/ireland-referendum-abortion-rebecca-gomperts-a-hard-pill-to-swallow-in-ireland/


Gibraltar – part of the UK but like Northern Ireland, excluded from Britain’s abortion law

Gibraltar – part of the UK but like Northern Ireland, excluded from Britain’s abortion law
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 13, 2018

Gibraltar is a peninsula hanging off the edge of Spain, separated from Spain by an airport runway, belonging to the UK but excluded from British abortion law. Gibraltar is governed by a 2011 law that is based on the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, which calls for life imprisonment for anyone seeking an abortion or anyone aiding someone else to do so.

Two women’s groups have recently become active in Gibraltar as regards abortion. The Gibraltar Women’s Association believes it is time to change the law. They say they know of many women who have suffered physical and mental health problems after being forced to travel to Spain for “poor quality operations”. When the women return home, they keep what they did secret and don’t seek further medical care for fear that news of their abortion will spread. The Association says the situation is forcing many women to travel to Spain or have backstreet abortions in Gibraltar. Women who are unable to obtain a visa to travel to Spain, such as migrants or refugees, are particularly vulnerable, says the Association’s spokeswoman, Anne-Marie Struggles.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/gibraltar-part-of-the-uk-but-like-northern-ireland-excluded-from-britains-abortion-law/


Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

By Caterina Tani
BRUSSELS, Dec 6, 2017

A backlash against access to abortion in some EU member states in the past few years is "deeply troubling", the Council of Europe warned on Tuesday (5 December).

In the majority of EU countries abortions are legal, but in some states a wave of "retrogressive restrictions" are threatening women's health and well-being, the European human rights organisation's report said.

Continued at source: https://euobserver.com/health/140158