Dr. sc. Jasenka Grujić, a prominent gynecologist and obstetrician, has spent years advocating for women’s right to abortion in Croatia. According to her research, some hospitals in the country are not performing abortions or offering women the choice between medical and surgical procedures. Dr. Grujić is pushing for women to have access to medical abortions at home, in line with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the WHO, women up to 12 weeks pregnant should have the right to a medical abortion at home, which is safe and well-documented. Medical abortion involves taking two pills: the first induces bleeding, while the second causes contractions and causes the uterus to reject the products of conception. This process can be done at home with proper support from a professional who can provide advice over the phone.
However, Dr. Grujić emphasizes that women should have control over their own bodies and make their own decisions about reproductive healthcare. She believes that allowing medical abortion at home is an important step towards providing women with more choices and autonomy over their health care decisions.
Despite being an advocate for reproductive rights for decades, Dr. Grujić has faced significant challenges in promoting access to medical abortion in Croatia. The procedure was only legalized in 2015 and remains stigmatized by many people in society. However, she continues to push for greater access to reproductive healthcare services for all women in Croatia and beyond.
Overall, Dr. Grujić’s work highlights the importance of providing women with access to safe and effective options for managing their reproductive health choices