The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has brought governments and organizations together to save lives, relocate refugees and provide the necessities of life, especially food, to those who remain in Ukraine. Pro-abortion organizations, however, view the growing emergency as an opportunity to change sovereign laws restricting abortion, provide abortion-inducing drugs in humanitarian kits, establish free abortion, fund pro-abortion NGOs and block funding to groups working to help Ukrainian refugees if the organizations oppose abortion.
In a Call to Action, national and international pro-abortion organizations—including Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Women’s Link Worldwide—address policy makers across Europe and the world. Their message has one purpose—to advance access to abortion and the entire sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) agenda.
The groups make a number of demands. They want the European Union, donor governments and the broader international community to ensure that all humanitarian responses “prioritize the SRHR of all women and girls” beginning with reproductive health kits that include “mifepristone and misoprostol for medical abortion”.
The groups seek to overturn laws restricting abortion in countries which have welcomed Ukrainian refugees and call for “urgent political support, guidance and technical assistance to the governments of Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia to facilitate the removal of legal and policy barriers that are impeding the provision of essential sexual and reproductive health care.”
They seek “cross-border access to sexual and reproductive health care where necessary to overcome national legal barriers and severe restrictions in transit and host countries”, with special emphasis on “swift and effective measures to facilitate and support urgent access to early medical abortion, through supporting cross-border and telemedical service-provision….”
The above comes from an April posting on the site of the Parliamentary Network of Critical Issues run by Marie Smith, wife of pro-life Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ).