The ongoing pandemic of COVID – 19 prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to extend the instructions from the interim guide, released on March 25. The updated version from June 1 contains several recommendations, referring to essential medical services, which, according to WHO, have been partly limited due to the pandemic. Among them, as one of the “sexual and reproductive health services”, the abortion to the full extent of law has been mentioned.
The United Nations Organization (UNO) continues its policy, involving promoting the “safe abortion”, including medical abortion. Using the pandemic as an excuse, WHO openly urges women planning abortion, to take at home abortifacients pills, which are now listed as the essential medication. Moreover, WHO urges countries to reduce some restrictions, which are responsible for the delay in abortion services and also in importing medicine, causing the miscarriage.
According to dr. Antonella Lavelanet, medical officer in the Maternal and Perinatal Health & Preventing Unsafe Abortion Team at the WHO, women have the right to abortion, regardless of the pandemic. Dr. Lavelanet emphasizes, that the lack of antibiotics or general anesthesia, as well as the lack of the medical staff, qualified to perform abortion, shouldn’t be treated as contraindications to the procedure. However, taking into account the current restrictions, WHO explicitly urges to develop telemedicine and self – management approaches, meaning, that abortifacients pills are recommended as a safe, noninvasive way of carrying out a do-it-yourself abortion. While suggesting, that medical abortion is an easier and more convenient method, than an abortion procedure, WHO does not reliably inform about the side effects of taking the abortifacients pills. As the statistics indicate – in the recent years, about 20 % of all adverse events, related to medical abortion, needed hospitalization, including blood transfusion, or due to the severe infections.
Some of the Europeans countries have already implemented recommendations from the interim guidance. However, according to WHO, abortion has been limited for the time of the pandemic, as it is still not considered a priority, which is why it should be declared as an essential procedure.
The UN Human Rights Council has drafted a resolution to eliminate discrimination against women and girls in sport.
The Court of Appeals in Warsaw dismissed the application for the release of three siblings to Germany. Earlier, by order of the court of first instance, five children and their mother were to be separated. Thanks to the intervention of lawyers from the Ordo Iuris Institute, the family can stay together. It is believed that one of the girls was sexually abused by her grandfather on her father’s side in Germany.
Today’s judgement of the Polish Constitutional Court, which states that the so-called ‘eugenic premise’ for the admissibility of abortion is incompatible with the Polish Constitution, is a real improvement in the standard of life protection in Poland and equates the rights of healthy and disabled children.
Another initiative has been organised in Europe with the view to globally force the concept of “reproductive and sexual rights”. In addition to radical organisations, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), 15 European countries got involved in the Countdown 2030 Europe project. The aim of the initiative is to enhance access to abortion and vulgar sexual education. Although this initiative was not created by all the EU Member States, the Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, has recently declared her support of the initiative.