Swedish feminist party starts campaign to make abortion a human right

Stockholm, Sweden - A Swedish feminist party will push for abortion to be recognized as a human right as the group tries to gain a seat in the European Union parliament next year.

Veronica Svard, a spokeswoman for the Feminist Initiative party, said advocates want to respond to religious groups in the EU who have campaigned to remove the issue of abortion rights from the European agenda.

"Women must have the right to decide over their own bodies," she said.

The party was formed in 2005 but is currently not represented in the Swedish or European Parliament.

Abortion is legal in many European countries, but is prohibited in Andorra, Ireland, Malta, Monaco, and Poland. Restrictions are also in place in Cyprus, Luxembourg and Portugal and elsewhere.