Reproductive rights

ENSU has launched an appeal for 28 September - international day for abortion rights. We want to highlight the situation in Ukraine and in the countries where Ukrainian women and girls have taken refugee, in the context of Russian imperialism and its authoritarian agenda for women, as well as the worldwide attacks on women’s rights to control our own bodies.

Our new open letter (English, Polski français, castellano, ελληνικά) is an invitation to launch coordinated activities across Europe.

Please contact us (at info@ukraine-solidarity.eu) if you want to get involved in this campaign.

This initiative builds on ENSU’s earlier petition on reproductive rights (read it here, sign here, check the list of individual signatures here and the list of organisations supporting the petition here.

Reproductive rights are under threat in the countries where Ukrainian women and girls have taken refugee from the Russian invaders. Despite a massive civic mobilisation, and against the wishes of most Poles, legal abortion is virtually impossible. In Slovakia and Hungary, regulations are increasingly restrictive, and many clinics are no longer offering abortion services.

Ultraconservative and religious extremists across Eastern Europe receive funding and advice from far-right groups abroad. As our friends in Levice (CZ) report below, “pro-life” activists are even campaigning against those Czech groups that are working to deliver abortion services (’morning after’ pills) and contraceptives to women’s groups in Ukraine.

Polish feminists and left groups like Razem are campaigning for change in Polish law. There are solidarity networks making abortion services accessible in Ukraine and Poland, and helping some women travel to Czechia, Germany, Slovakia and other countries for treatment. The following selection of articles reports on the challenges they face, as well as the opportunities for greater solidarity.

Four disturbing aspects to Slovakia limiting abortion access for Ukrainian women
Dr. Denisa Nešťáková
Menaces sur le droit à l'avortement en Russie
FAS
Those who sign the petition say….
Adam Novak
Europeans are overwhelmingly pro-choice, but that doesn’t mean women’s rights are safe
Anna Grzymala-Busse
The plan to overturn abortion rights in Europe
Carlo Martuscelli
Irish MPs: Ukrainians raped by Russian soldiers cant access abortion in Poland
Tomas o’Flatharta (blog)
US anti-abortion group targets Ukrainian refugees
Diana Cariboni
Millions of Ukrainians are arriving to a battle over abortion rights in Poland
Ari Shapiro Oksana Litvinenko Justyna Wydrzynska Krystyna Kacpura Zuzanna Dziuban
‘Declare it to a doctor, and it’s over’: Ukrainian women face harsh reality of Poland’s abortion laws
Weronika Strzyżyńska
Proti hyenismu vůči obětem války
Levice
APPEL FÉMINISTE : REPRENONS LE CONTRÔLE DE NOS VIES !
RESU (Groupe de travail féministe)
FEMINIST APPEAL : LET’S GET OUR LIVES BACK!
ENSU (feminist working group)
ΦΕΜΙΝΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΠΡΟΣΚΛΗΤΗΡΙΟ : ΑΣ ΠΑΡΟΥΜΕ ΠΙΣΩ ΤΙΣ ΖΩΕΣ ΜΑΣ!
ENSU/RESU Feminist working group
LLAMAMIENTO FEMINISTA: ¡RECUPEREMOS NUESTRAS VIDAS!
RESU Taller feminista
APEL FEMINISTYCZNY: ODZYSKAJMY NASZE ŻYCIE!
ENSU/RESU

Please contact our feminist working group if you want to get involved in our solidarity with Ukrainian and Polish feminists and feminist anti-war activists in Russia and Belarus

From the USA to Ukraine, feminist solidarity is more urgent than ever!

ENSU Abortion petition, all languages