The future of reproductive rights in Scotland will be the focus of the Humanist Society Scotland's annual conference this weekend. The annual gathering will take place at Surgeons' Hall on Friday 27 October, with guest speakers including:
A woman who was sentenced to jail for unlawfully securing abortion tablets to terminate her own pregnancy will be released following a reduction of her sentence by Court of Appeal judges. The judges stated that the situation required "compassion, not punishment".
A court order which would have banned access to abortion pills across the United States has been stayed by the country's Supreme Court pending further appeals. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a conservative judge in Texas, had this month ordered the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke its long-
An abortion rights activist in Poland has been sentenced to eight months of community service after being found guilty of facilitating abortion. Justyna Wydrzyńska was convicted by a court in Warsaw of helping a pregnant woman to access abortion pills for an at-home abortion.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to enshrine the right to abortion in the country's constitution. In a speech made in Paris paying tribute Gisèle Halimi, a lawyer and feminist activist who died in 2020, he said he wanted the change implemented “within months”.
Legislation creating protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Northern Ireland has received Royal Assent and become law. The Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Act was one of the last pieces of legislation approved by MLAs shortly before the Northern Ireland Assembly dissolved at the
The Scottish Parliament has declined to close a petition to modify a law that does not apply in Scotland. Petition PE1969 is entitled 'Amend the law to fully decriminalise abortion in Scotland' and claims that the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 makes abortion a criminal offence in Scotland.
Women seeking an abortion in Hungary must first listen to their embryo's heartbeat under a new decree. The move by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban indicates a change in the country's liberal laws on abortion by requiring doctors to show women the vital signs of the embryo or foetus.
A Scottish Green Party MSP today launched a consultation on her legislative proposal to designate protest free ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion clinics across the country. Gillian Mackay said that intimidation and harassment outside these healthcare facilities must end, and that legislati
Human rights laws are an impediment to the Scottish government's ability to ban protests outside of abortion clinics, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Ms Sturgeon said progress was being stalled on introducing a 150m buffer zone outside clinics to keep keep anti-abortion campaigners away from women using t
A leaked draft judgment has shown that the US Supreme Court may overturn the landmark 1973 case of Roe v Wade, which guaranteed access to abortions. The opinion, written by Republican-appointed judge, Justice Samuel Alito, was published by Politico in what is an unprecedented leak from the court.
Germany has abolished a Nazi-era law that prohibited doctors from advertising their abortion services. The 1933 law, which was adopted after Hitler came to power, prohibits the “promotion” of abortion, which is punishable by “up to two years of imprisonment or a fine”.
The Biden administration has announced plans to sue the state of Texas over an extremely restrictive new law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court of the United States last week rejected an emergency petition brought by Texas abortion clinics against the law, known as SB8
Plans to allow women to continue accessing early medical abortions at home after the Covid-19 pandemic have gone out for consultation. Since March, eligible women have been allowed to take both pills required for an early medical abortion (mifepristone and misoprostol) in their own homes after a tel
Two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because of their refusal to participate in abortions have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared inadmissible. Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, who were represented by Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, wer