Poland legislation: Poland will not change the abortion legislation
Politics14:54 Jul. 20, 2016
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Poland will not change the abortion legislation

Abortions are still prohibited after 12 weeks of pregnancy, but the complete ban rejected by Sejm

Women in black have won. Polish Sejm rejected the bill on a complete ban on abortions. A week ago parliamentarians voted for this bill - and implementing a criminal prosecution for both women and doctors for terminating a pregnancy. Yet, the Black Protest made MPs rethink their decision. A proposition to withdraw the bill was motioned by the ruling party - the same that a week ago gave its votes for abortions ban.

Read more European Parliament will discuss Polish abortion ban law

This decision was greatly influenced by mass protests on Monday, October 3, 20 thousand people, dressed in black, and only demonstrated in Warsaw. Thousands - went to the streets not only in Poland but throughout the world. During the heated discussion in Sejm on Thursday, the opposition accused the ruling party Law and Justice of hypocrisy. They say the government postponed consideration of the legislation in fear of turmoil and losing electoral votes. 

Read more Black protest aftermath: tensions grow, first clashes with police (video)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo promised that the government will continue to protect lives. It will support families that would give birth to children after difficult pregnancies and raise them.

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