Status overview of abortion in Europe – 2023

Whereas in the first decades of the 21st century, many countries started legalising abortion and progress of women’s rights seemed to go on in Europe, nowadays a backlash against the right to abortion is clearly visible.

Since the Abortion Right1 platform was set up in 2011, we have been sounding the alarm on the attacks – open or surreptitious – which, in several countries, are impeding women’s* access to abortion.

Country by country, this brochure offers a status overview of the threats and obstacles, but also the progress in matters of legislation and access to abortion.