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Dalia Grybauskaite (President of Luithuania) and European Commission: To stop legislation restricting access to abortion.

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International human rights standard is to liberalize abortion laws to make it safe and accessible to women and thereby lessen maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion. The language used in the draft of the new bill regarding the right to life does not correspond to that used in international and European human rights instruments - to which Lithuania is also party - as it limits access to abortion, thereby leading not to lessening the number of women inducing abortion but only makes it dangerous for women who will undergo clandestine and unsafe abortion. Passing the bill will increase maternal mortality, abortion-related injuries and deaths are likely to be especially high among poor women, who can't afford to travel abroad. As a result, many of them might try self-induced abortions



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