New Laws on Abortion in Europe Viewed as Threatening Abortion Access

International Pro-Abortion Actions The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in a new fact sheet– Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Counseling Requirements in Central and Eastern Europe; Restricting access to abortion, undermining human rights, and reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes— declares that recently enacted laws on abortion in central and eastern Europe are harmful to women’s health and well-being. New requirements in Russia, Macedonia, and Slovakia for waiting periods, mandatory counseling, and informed consent are labeled “retrogressive measures” which the CRR denounces. The CRR acknowledges that countries seeking to restrict abortion have had a very long history of unlimited abortion on demand but fails to question why governments are now issuing new requirements on abortion. It declares, “Many Central and Eastern European countries were among the first jurisdictions in the world to legalize abortion. Indeed laws and policies in most Central and Eastern European countries have long provided that women may access abortion services in a wide range of circumstances… However, in recent years, a wave of restrictive legislative initiatives has spread across Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, with lawmakers and government authorities seeking to impose a series of new preconditions that women must fulfill before they can obtain legal abortion services.” The new laws are called “barriers in access to legal abortion services” that “undermine respect for women’s human rights, and promote harmful gender stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes.” Opposition to abortion regulations is couched in human rights language with references to UN treaty monitoring body recommendations that also distort internationally recognized human rights law to advance access to abortion. The CRR charges that “the retrogressive introduction of these laws and...

Exposing Domestic Abortion Strategies

  “…we have in our possession a series of memos written by the intellectual epicenter of the pro-abortion movement, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR). It reveals a legal strategy – a vast, left-wing conspiracy, to paraphrase Hilary Clinton — to absolutely gut protections for human life both in the U.S. and around the globe. And they are ready to play dirty to get their way.”   The internal Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) memos were never intended for public dissemination. Reading them, one can see why.   As Congressman Christopher Smith remarked, before placing them into the Congressional Record, "It is especially important that policy makers know, and more fully understand, the deceptive practices being employed by the abortion lobby.   "These documents are from recent CRR strategy sessions where, according to a quote from a related interview session, one of the CRR's trustees said, 'We have to fight harder, be a little dirtier.' These documents expose the wolf donning sheep's clothing in an attempt to sanitize violence against children. These papers reveal a Trojan Horse of deceit."   CRR opposes any regulation of the abortion industry, wants Medicaid to pay for  all abortions in all 50 states, and even objects to "Choose Life" license plates.     Their answer to any and all challenges to the abortion-on-demand mentality is the same: sue, sue, sue.    Overturning 'TRAP' Laws:  The CRR would overturn in the courts any standard medical regulations for abortion centers. To use the CRR's own jargon, these medical regulations are called "targeted regulation of abortion providers" or TRAP laws. According to CRR, "TRAP laws regulate the...