Abortion ban: Poland abortion legislation: Sejm debates the motion

12:03 Oct. 6, 2016

Poland abortion legislation: Sejm debates the motion

Polish parliament discusses the motion on abortion ban (Source: Sławomir Kamiński / Agencja Gazeta)

Parliament's Justice and Human Rights Committee recommends withdrawing the controversial motion

Fifteen members of Committee on Justice and Human Rights voted to withdraw the document of almost full ban of abortions in Poland. One person – abstained from voting. Committee has examined positions of all parliamentary fractions representatives and recommended not to vote for the motion.

The final decision will be made today at the Sejm session.

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On Monday, September 3, a so-called Black protest took place in many Polish cities. Women in black went to the streets, holding wire hangers – a symbol of illegal abortions. They demanded not to implement the new law. 

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Debates sparked in Poland over a proposal to completely ban abortions by the womans own free will. They are already considered illegal in Poland, but it is allowed to terminate the pregnancy if a woman was raped, a fetus is unviable or a woman's life is at risk. 

The new proposal would make all abortions illegal, even in cases of rape or when the woman's life is at risk, with prison terms of up to five years for women seeking abortions and doctors who perform them.

The proposal 'for' came from an anti-abortion citizens' initiative that gathered 450,000 signatures in the nation of 38 million, and is supported by the church. Law and Justice, which has a majority in parliament, includes supporters of the proposal but it's not clear if there are enough to push it through.

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