. Activists Say Romania Has Been Quietly Phasing Out Abortion « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/In 1966, Romania’s communist leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, banned abortion and contraception in an attempt to raise the nation’s low birthrate. In the early 1990s, after the overthrow of Ceausescu, the new government founded Romania’s first family planning program. At that point, reproductive rights began to improve: Abortion was legalized up to the 14th week, contraception was free, and sex education was implemented in public schools. But that didn’t last long. Activists say that over the past decade, the government slashed funding for the family planning program, leading dozens of clinics to shut down.

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