Affordable birth control has disappeared, pushing many women into unplanned pregnancies at a time when they can barely feed the children they already have.
By restoring funding cut off by his predecessor, President Biden ended four years of what abortion rights advocates called a concerted assault on women’s reproductive health in the developing world.
Demonstrators vowed to keep protesting Poland’s new abortion law, which went into effect Wednesday, tightening the country’s already restrictive laws.
Women’s rights advocates and thousands of their allies vowed to continue fighting a near-total ban on abortions that came into effect on Wednesday.
Women who end a pregnancy after 12 weeks could still face prison or fines. Abortion rights advocates claimed a partial victory.
Demonstrators flooded the streets on Wednesday after the government abruptly announced that a ban on abortions for fetal abnormalities — virtually the only kind that had been allowed in Poland — would take effect.
A contentious ruling in Poland, which spurred thousands of women and their allies to protest, came into legal force on Wednesday.
A human rights group says the government’s inaction has left a health care void in a country where the procedure was legalized in 2019, but remains largely unavailable.
The fight for legalization began decades ago, but it gained traction only as more women became lawmakers and a massive grass-roots effort shifted the conversation.
The region, where Roman Catholic and evangelical churches hold sway, has long been unfriendly territory for abortion rights advocates. Argentina in 2020, though, offered a different landscape.