Abortion law

Protesters gather outside Poland's Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov.6, 2021, to protest against the restrictive abortion laws after a woman died of complications during her pregnancy. 

This Polish activist sent abortion pills to a woman in need. Now she’s on trial.


An abortion-rights activist charged with breaking Poland’s strict abortion laws goes on trial in Warsaw next week. The case is the first of its kind in Europe.

A crowd of people are shown with a woman in the center holding a banner and wearing a winter hat and green scarf with writing on it.

Near-total abortion ban takes effect in Poland amid protests

Reproductive rights
A group of women raise their arms and wave green flags

Bill legalizing abortion passed in pope’s native Argentina

Reproductive rights
Evelyn Hernández, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a suspected abortion, is hugged by a woman.

El Salvador abortion laws offer warning for the US, lawyer says

Sexual violence

Why Argentinian activists aren’t stepping down after the Senate voted against legalizing abortion

People celebrate the result of this week's referendum on liberalizing abortion law

After Ireland’s historic vote, UK hears calls to relax rules in Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe with even rape and fatal fetal abnormality not considered legal grounds for a termination.

Spain’s conservative leader looking to roll back legalization of abortion

Global Politics

Spain’s new conservative government is making time from its efforts to rescue the country’s moribund economy and instead work on rolling back laws changed under the last, Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced a bill to re-criminalize abortion.

Uruguay Lawmakers Legalize Abortion

Conflict & Justice

Roman Catholic Uruguay has voted to legalize all first trimester abortions. The BBC’s Vladimir Hernandez tells host Marco Werman about the restrictions on the new measure.