In just a few short weeks, over two million people have fled Ukraine. A sizable number of them — an estimated 80,000 — are pregnant, and many more could potentially become pregnant. There is no denying that this is a humanitarian crisis, with refugees that desperately need help, support, and health care. But for Planned Parenthood, there is just one answer: abortion.
Business Insider reported that Ukrainian women are facing unique challenges due to their harrowing circumstances. Some are going into premature labor, set off due to stress and fear as Russian troops bomb hospitals. Women are also at high risk of suffering sexual violence as refugees, and during times of war as well. Understandably, this means the women and girls fleeing Ukraine are going to need specific aid and support. But in Planned Parenthood’s opinion, what they need is birth control and abortion — even without a doctor’s supervision.
“Babies don’t stop being born for a war. Periods don’t stop for a war,” Caroline Hickson, the European regional director of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), told Business Insider. Julie Taft, IPPF’s humanitarian director, added, “We often don’t have hard data [about Ukraine], we do know that women and girls will be experiencing increased violence and that will look like rape, in some instances.”
While these are salient points, Planned Parenthood’s goal isn’t to help provide the things these women will actually need. Instead, their focus is on handing out birth control and emergency contraception, and giving women access to abortion. “If women are in Poland for any significant amount of time, they will face the same issues as Polish women face, which has a complete ban on abortion,” Hickson said, recommending they contact an online abortion supplier, like Women on Web or Aid Access because abortion is banned in Poland.
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