Pro-choice activists demand decriminalisation referendum happen despite conservative opposition
Tue 29 Sep 2020
Earlier this year, pro-choice activists in Gibraltar were hopeful that their territory’s abortion laws – the harshest in Europe – could soon be overturned.
Terminations are banned in the tiny British territory, even in the cases of rape, incest, or foetal abnormality where the foetus will not survive. Abortions are punishable by life imprisonment, except when the woman’s life is in danger.
22nd July 2020
From the start of this year to June, 29 requests for abortion pills have been sent from Gibraltar, according to pro-choice campaigners, No More Shame. The group says that its sources at Women on Web - an organisation that provides access to such pills - have provided these statistics.
No More Shame claims that 20 requests for abortion pills were sent from Gibraltar in 2019 to Women on Web. By comparison, it says, 29 requests were sent during the first six months of this year, which reflects an increase of 190%. The group claims that many of these requests were made during the lockdown period, and demonstrates that women in Gibraltar are opting for abortion pills. The group claims that Clinica Ginesur Algeciras has provided its services to 15 Gibraltar residents between January and June of this year. It says there were 21 Gibraltar residents accessing their services for all of 2019.
Gibraltar abortion vote postponed due to coronavirus
Poll earlier this month shows 70% of voters intend to support changes to liberalize abortion laws in referendum
Gibraltar announced on Thursday that it postponed a referendum on liberalizing its abortion laws due to the global coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, the government said that though the "nature of the voting process is safe," it was concerned that "the advice to elderly people to stay home and avoid public places" could lead to the result of the vote to be "called into question" due to possible allegations that it skewed the results of the vote.
GIBRALTAR – A referendum on a better abortion law set for Gibraltar March 2020
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 23, 2019
The government of Gibraltar went back on its promise to make Gibraltar’s abortion law compliant with the Human Rights set out by the UK Supreme Court. Instead they have decided to put changing the abortion law to a public referendum. As the people of Ireland will be able to tell them, a public referendum will mean people who have had abortions being called upon to tell their “stories” in order to be judged by their peers. We are pretty cross about this, and while we hope the voters of Gibraltar do the right thing, we are sorry that the government has decided to play politics with women’s bodies (Abortion Support Network).
Abortion Support Network expands service to Malta and Gibraltar (Press Release)
Published on February 14, 2019
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ASN brings the gift of confidential, non-judgemental information and funding for abortion costs to new countries
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Ireland has safe legal abortion
So we’re expanding to help Malta and Gibraltar too!
Abortion Support Network (ASN), a small UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that it has launched its service to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. As of today, anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit the ASN website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion and travel, clinics that ASN works with in several EU countries, and, where necessary, receive financial help towards the cost of travelling from your home country and paying privately to access a safe, legal abortion.
Currently Malta is the only country in Europe where abortion is completely against the law, whereas the law in Gibraltar allows abortion to save a woman’s life.
International Safe Abortion Day: EHF publishes abortion status report
Posted on 28/09/18
Access to abortion in Europe appears to be a vested right. In reality, however, it is nothing of the kind. Attacks by anti- choice groups, both open and insidious, are increasing. Shaming of women remains the rule. Barriers to women’s sexual and reproductive autonomy are a manifestation of institutionalised sexism, and must be fought as features of injustice and inequality.
Beyond ideological barriers, the economic crisis and austerity politics have created new obstacles such as the closure of abortion clinics, increasing waiting times, and limited resources being dedicated to information campaigns.
This British overseas territory has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe - welcome to Gibraltar
20 August 2018
Last week, Argentina's senate blocked a bill to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks. In a year marked by progress for women's rights campaigners - including the Ireland referendum victory to repeal its outdated abortion laws - it has come as a huge setback.
Not even stories of 500,000 illegal abortions, leading to 100 unnecessary deaths every year - including one in the days since the bill was blocked - could break through the staunchly Catholic country's status quo.
Together Gibraltar to campaign for referendum on abortion
June 7, 2018
Together Gibraltar to campaign for referendum on abortion
The Together Gibraltar movement will campaign for a referendum on the issue of abortion.
The movement, which was founded my Independent MP Marlene Hassan Nahon, decided to push for the referendum after a vote following a meeting last night.
EXCLUSIVE: Gibraltar government will NOT repeal abortion ban, saying it has ‘already dealt with gay marriage’
Gibraltar government says it will not consider revising its anti-abortion laws, despite the results of the recent Irish referendum vote
By Staff Reporter -
6 Jun, 2018
THE Gibraltar government has said it will not reconsider its anti-abortion laws despite Ireland’s recent landslide vote to repeal its ban.
Pro-choice campaigners had hoped it would put pressure on the Rock, but it seems their fight won’t be over any time soon.
The British territory with Europe's harshest abortion laws
By John Owen
9 May 2018
The tiny British territory of Gibraltar has the harshest anti-abortion laws anywhere in Europe - the penalty for breaching the law is life imprisonment. But with Brexit looming and the Irish abortion referendum just weeks away, campaigners are hoping for change.
Gibraltar's residents, who live on a two-mile strip of land at the tip of Spain, are British citizens, and many feel a deep affinity with the UK.
But in one respect they are very different.