In Europe, 29 out of 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 have had an abortion. Europe is the continent where access to safe and legal abortion is closest to the international health recommendations, but this right is being seriously challenged. Attempts to restrict access remind us that the right to abortion is reversible and remains a recurring topic of controversy and tension across Europe.
Access to abortion varies greatly across the EU. But no country, even in the most permissive ones, recognises women’s control over their bodies in the way that feminist movements have demanded since the 1970s. Legal conditions still constitute an obstacle.
All this has been the object of a thorough analysis by FEPS and partners. Find out more here!
The book ‘Abortion in the EU’ published in cooperation with Karl-Renner-Institut, compares the legal regime of abortion in different EU countries and the effectiveness of the right to access it.