The European Parliament recently published an In-depth Analysis on Access to Abortion Services for Women in the EU – Croatia. The study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) Committee.
The paper is divided into six parts.
The first part of the paper defines what is meant by the term sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) according to the most important international and regional human rights instruments.
The second part analyses the legal framework of the EU Member States regarding access to abortion services while the third part focuses on the problems caused by the COVID – 19 pandemic in access to abortion.
The fourth part deals with the problems caused by the pandemic in the two countries with the most restrictive abortion regimes in the EU, Poland and Malta.
The fifth part of the paper sheds light on the importance of civil society in the protection of women’s SRHR.
Finally, the sixth part of the paper assesses the importance of the solutions adopted in the protection of access to abortion services during the COVID -19 pandemic. In this context, telemedicine for early medical abortions is particularly important.
The full report is available https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2020/659923/IPOL_IDA(2020)659923_EN.pdf
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