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Dutch Minister of Health proposes restrictions on Dutch abortion law

The Dutch Minister of Health has announced that she will send a law proposal to the Dutch Parliament that will effectively criminalise the termination of a very early pregnancy (overtijd behandeling). It seems that the Netherlands is following the same restrictive abortion politics as the United States and Poland.

Only a month ago Women on Waves and the Clara Wichmann Foundation together with primary care physicians filed a complaint at the Dutch court against the Ministry of Health for obstructing the provision of early abortions by family physicians. (click here to read the full text of the complaint in Dutch)

The complaint still has to be heard in court and argues that under current Dutch law the termination of a very early pregnancy through medication provided by the primary care physician is safe and legal.
By proposing to bring very early abortions under the criminal law, (see middle page 3 letter minister) the Minister will restrict the current abortion law.

Women on Waves and the Clara Wichmann Foundation have stated that the new legislative proposal by the minister of health is a violation of international women’s and human rights agreements and contrary to the advice of the UN human rights commission and the guidelines of World Health Organisation to decriminalise abortion services and remove all obstacles for the provision abortion services.

Click here to read the announcement of the minister can be read here in Dutch.

 

Bron: Women on Waves

Laatst aangepast op woensdag, 06 juli 2016 09:10

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