"Women should always have the freedom of choice. This freedom should be protected and guaranteed", says the "Platform for the Right to Abortion." This umbrella organisation points to the fact that abortion is still illegal in a number of European countries like Ireland, Poland, Malta and Cyprus.
The Platform explains that making abortion illegal does not lead to a drop in the number of abortions. It just makes it illegal, which poses a threat to public health. Even in Belgium abortion has not been completely accepted. Women who want to get rid of their unborn child are often intimidated and given a sense of guilt, the Platform claims.
The demonstration in Brussels enjoys the participation of international organisations, the socialist trades union and political parties. Another demonstration will be held tomorrow, this time against abortion.