BY JOANNA GILL, THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
Jan 9, 2023
NAPLES/ROME – If it was hard enough for Beatrice to get an abortion when she had the law on her side, imagine how other women will cope should Italy’s rising right get its way on reproductive rights.
“What I have been through is very painful, but it is even worse knowing that there are other women out there who are going to go through the same thing,” she said. The 24-year-old law student was in a new relationship when she took a pregnancy test in the summer of 2021 after her suspicions were raised by unusual bouts of nausea.
In Poland, a country held ransom by religious fanatics, people don’t want to see more women suffer from denied abortion care.
by IRENE DONADIO and MARTA LEMPART
It has been just over two years since the imposition of a near-total ban on abortion across Poland. The ban removed almost all conditions in which a woman can access abortion care, leaving millions of women in the dark when it comes to deciding what happens to their bodies.
For some women, continuing to carry their pregnancies is the most dangerous thing they can do. Even though Poland’s rigid laws state that abortion can be performed to save women’s health or life, many doctors refuse to give them to women who desperately need them.
Although Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said she would not would not change Italy’s abortion laws, women’s rights campaigners fear new restrictions could follow.
Joanna Gill, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Dec 25, 2022
If it was hard enough for Beatrice to get an abortion when she had the law on her side, imagine how other women will cope should Italy’s rising right get its way on reproductive rights.
“What I have been through is very painful, but it is even worse knowing that there are other women out there who are going to go through the same thing.”
Period tracking apps, car licence plate data and pregnancy registers are the latest tools experts warn are being harnessed to monitor women
By Harriet Barber, GLOBAL HEALTH REPORTER
7 October 2022
Surveillance data and technology are being exploited to stoke fear and prevent abortions in countries including the United States, China, Hungary and Poland.
Period tracking apps, car licence plate data and pregnancy registers are the latest tools activists warn are being harnessed to stop women using legal or geographic loopholes for terminations. All four countries have reversed abortion rights over the past two years.
Heartbeat International is appealing for money to fund its anti-abortion network in Ukraine and eastern Europe
20 June 2022
US anti-abortion group Heartbeat International is taking advantage of Russia’s war in Ukraine to fundraise for ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ targeting refugees, openDemocracy has learnt.
Reproductive health experts fear the group could use its centres in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Romania to gain access to vulnerable people and persuade them to continue with unwanted pregnancies.
By Irene Donadio, Euronews
Today marks one year since the Polish government virtually abolished access to abortion care on the basis of an illegal, disputed decision by the country’s constitutional tribunal.
The change in law makes it impossible for women to access abortion care on the grounds of severe foetal impairment and threatens doctors who provide it in such cases with three years in prison.
In a case at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, European groups supported criminalising women who had obstetric emergencies
Diana Cariboni and Tatev Hovhannisyan
3 December 2021
European right-wing groups backed the El Salvador government over the imprisonment and death of a woman for having a miscarriage. But they lost.
One of the groups was the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), a branch of the ultra-conservative American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), led by Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow.
By Sammy Westfall
Nov 3, 2021
The recent death of a pregnant woman in Poland has shed light on what reproductive rights activists there say is the harsh reality of living under the country’s strict abortion law.
The 30-year-old woman, identified as Izabela, died at a Polish hospital in September after suffering septic shock — but her family only made the case public last week.
by The Associated Press
Mon., Nov. 1, 2021
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish protesters paid tribute Monday to a woman who died in the 22nd week of pregnancy, with reproductive rights activists saying she is the first person to die as a result of a restriction of Poland’s abortion law.
People lit candles on All Saint’s Day, a religious holiday when Poles visit cemeteries and mourn the dead. They placed the candles in front of Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, which issued a ruling last year that led to the tightening of what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.
Human Rights Watch
March 31, 2021
(Berlin) – Bomb and death threats targeting at least seven groups in Poland for supporting women’s rights and the right to abortion are disturbing reminders of escalating risks to women’s human rights defenders in the country, Human Rights Watch, CIVICUS, and International Planned Parenthood Federation-European Network (IPPF-EN) said today.
The authorities should urgently investigate, protect the women targeted and hold those responsible for the threats accountable. Polish officials should also counter abusive misinformation campaigns targeting activists.