Why do I need to know this?
Worldwide, there is still a lot of discussion about the right to abortion. In many countries, abortion is prohibited or should only be carried out if, for example, the health of the mother or child is at risk. The new law in Catholic Argentina comes after a long struggle by the movement for the right to abortion in the country where there are also many opponents of abortion. The same battle is still happening in many countries.
Who will find what?
The people who are in favour of the right to abortion think that a woman should be ‘boss in her own stomach’. That means she always has to be able to decide on her own body. They also say that abortions do happen anyway, but if they are forbidden it goes unsafe. Opponents consider it more important that the unborn child is given the opportunity to live and believe that abortion should be prohibited, or should only be exceptionally allowed. These exceptions are, for example, rape or if the mother‘s life is in danger. Religion often plays a role in this.
Abortion rights worldwide
What about abortion rights in the rest of the world? First, the Netherlands. There was also a fight for abortion law, among others by the feminist action group De Dolle Mina’s. Finally, in 1984, a law was introduced allowing abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. That law also states that you are required to have five days of reflection before you can get the abortion. In the Netherlands, this right is exercised around 30,000 times a year. This makes the Netherlands one of the countries with the lowest abortion rates in the world. But here too there are fierce opponents who take action and try to convince women who want to have an abortion not to do it.
Worldwide, there are many more countries where abortion is not allowed. In only 34% of countries, a woman is allowed to have an abortion without any reason. In Europe, abortion is legal in most countries without any reason, but in some countries it is completely banned and you can be sentenced to imprisonment or there are strict conditions.
The discussion between supporters and opponents is still alive and ensures that the laws in different countries are still being amended. In Poland, for example, the already strict abortion law became even more stringent in October. An abortion if the child was born with a serious abnormality should now not be allowed, only if there was rape or incest or if the health of the mother is at risk. In Ireland, where abortion was banned at first, the strict abortion law has been adapted to allow abortion up to 12 weeks. Before that, women often traveled to another country for an abortion.