“Ukraine and Poland receive too many abortion pills”


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Photo AFP, Patrick T. Fallon

Women’s rights groups have seen an increase in the demand for abortion pills since the war broke out in Ukraine. The pills should make safe abortion possible for Ukrainian women who became pregnant while fleeing the war. However, these pills prove ineffective.

Deliveries are currently being made to the war-torn country and neighbouring Poland, which hosts more than three million refugees.

However, according to Kateryna Pryimak, co-founder of the Ukrainian Female Veterans Movement, people brought in more drugs than needed. The pills can be used only in the first five days after unwanted conception, and many of the victims were raped much earlier.

In addition, there is a lack of other gynaecological equipment, drugs and other medical care. “We are very limited in time”, says Pryimak to Radio Liberty. “The more time passes, the less sense in the use of these pills.” According to Pryimak, it is much better to spend a lot of money on support programs and psychotherapy, for example.

At least 25 Ukrainian women were raped by Russian soldiers, including in Bucha. Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova reported this to the BBC in April. Nine of those women, the youngest only fourteen years old, became pregnant. How many similar cases of sexual violence there are across Ukraine is still under investigation.

According to Izabela Kloc, Member of the European Parliament for the Polish Law and Justice Party, the European Union should stop its “campaign promoting abortion” and start giving clothes, food and medicines. According to Kloc, mothers who escaped from the war gave birth to 1,000 children in Poland. “Each of these children is a source of joy and hope for their mothers. These mothers live in our homes, children study in our schools and benefit from free healthcare. This cost is estimated at EUR 13 billion a year, and the (European)Commission does not plan any extraordinary aid.”



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