Anti-choice Madrid march poster
An anti-choice march in Madrid last month protested the government\’s failure to restrict Spain\’s abortion law.

(WOMENSENEWS)–When Spain stirred up abortion politics in Europe this year by trying to pass a major restriction, Juhie Bhatia, Women’s eNews’ managing editor, and Hajer Naili, our staff reporter and a French citizen, wanted to find out what was going on.

They raised funds from a group of private donors and contributors to Women’s eNews’ Catapult online campaign (thank you!) and with that support were off to France and Spain for the month of November to investigate reproductive rights issues, including access to abortion and contraception.

While they gathered information they kept notes on Twitter, providing glimpses of the stories that were taking shape.

Their series, “Backlash in Europe: Women’s Reproductive Rights Threatened,” begins this coming week.