Portuguese ban on abortion ship creates furore over women’s rights

By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid 09 September 2004 Politicians in The Netherlands have condemned the Portuguese government for banning a so-called Dutch “abortion ship” from docking in Portuguese waters. MPs criticised the “intimidating, disproportionate and exaggerated” reaction to the Women on Waves campaigners, reigniting Europe-wide criticism over Portugal’s restrictive abortion laws.

A woman’s right to choose

By Farah Reza (first published in the New Humanist, September 2004 edition) As a number of backbenchers prepare to table Private Member’s Bills on abortion in the coming term, activists demanding more stringent controls are now targeting women Labour MPs with hate mail. But far from pressing for a tighter law, argues Farah Reza, we...
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