Portugal Tests European Stance on Abortion

Portugal, one of four European nations where most abortions are illegal, will vote next month in a referendum to liberalize its laws. The election occurs amid efforts to challenge Portuguese and Irish anti-choice laws in European court.

EU Pay Case Opens Legal Door on Wage Gap

A U.K. labor union plans to bring a barrage of cases that will test the significance for female workers of a recent European Court of Justice decision. Advocates hope it will ease the penalty for taking time out of the paid work force.

EU Wonders How to Boost Female Work Force

As a worker shortage looms in Europe, the European Union is studying ways to boost women’s work-force participation. First in our two-part coverage of work and gender in the EU. Coming next: barriers between work and motherhood in Germany.