Decriminalisation doesn’t mean deregulation of abortion. There are many medical guidelines which doctors have to follow to carry out safe and legal abortions, but when gate-keeping access to abortion comes from Victorian legislation, it’s time to update it.
A round up some of the key struggles and protests for abortion rights around the world.
A Webinar discussion on women’s rights to choose, following the recent ban on abortion introduced in Poland compared to the successful struggles of women in Ireland and Argentina.
Despite demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people, Poland has now introduced an almost complete ban on abortion. The population is broadly pro-choice – 69% of Polish people support the Women’s Strike – an organisation that campaigns in defence of abortion rights. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party have been intent on banning even the limited abortion rights Poland previously had.
The home use of the early medical abortion pills during the pandemic has been better and safer for women, it has levelled the playing field and made the NHS more efficient. It should continue.
The current pandemic, while highlighting gaping holes in the health services caused by austerity, is also exposing artificial restrictions put in place for women against the medical community’s recommendations.