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End all legal barriers to abortion, say leading European politicians | Reproductive rights

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Government ministers from five European countries, including Belgium’s prime minister, Alexander de Croo, are among 29 politicians, healthcare and women’s rights activists who have signed an open letter calling for the removal of all legal barriers to abortion.

The letter, signed by gender and equality ministers from France, Canada and Norway, and international development ministers from Sweden and the Netherlands, states that women’s right to safe, legal abortion is being eroded by misinformation and attacks on services. It calls for the reopening of abortion clinics closed during the pandemic.

The signatories say abortion should be regarded as an essential healthcare service and call for a global campaign “of factual and unbiased information” so women and girls know their rights and understand their options.

Published by the SheDecides movement on Wednesday, the letter calls for an end to mandatory counselling for abortion, the implementation…

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