Legal fight in Poland: Abortion ban bill in Poland: decision postponed

18:59 Oct. 5, 2016

Abortion ban bill in Poland: decision postponed

Polish women and some male supporters blow horns while raising a hanger, the symbol of illegal abortion, during a nationwide strike and demonstration. Warsaw, Poland. October 3, 2016 (AP Photo)

Parliament Сommission of Justice recommended rejecting the "Stop abortion" initiative. Now the request of the committee will be put to the vote before the entire Sejm

Polish parliament continues to discuss the bill on a complete ban of abortions in the country. The church supports it but asks not to incarcerate women. Polish church revealed a statement on abortion law. After a conference of episcopates, priests said: they still support the full ban, yet oppose punishing women for illegal pregnancy termination. The new law assumes up to five years behind the bars for both a woman and a doctor. 

Polish parliament, as well as the European Parliament, today discuss the possible amendment to the law. The Senate speaker, Stanisław Karczewski, said Poland's upper house of parliament would not initiate work on a bill that would further restrict Poland's abortion law.

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Jarosław Gowin, the minister of science and higher education, said on Wednesday that the protests had "caused us to think and taught us humility", reports Guardian

The amendments to the law were proposed by ruling right-wing national-conservative PiS party. The deputies demand a  full ban on any pregnancy terminations. Poland already has one of toughest abortion laws in Europe. Termination is only possible in case of fetus damage, woman's health risk, rape or incest. Polish women seeking abortions typically go to neighbouring countries to get them or order abortion pills online.

Read more European Parliament will discuss Polish abortion ban law

Last week Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo called the abortion discussion "an imaginary problem": "The EU is continuing to deal with imaginary problems. I'm more and more convinced that a change of the EU treaty is necessary. We need to reform the EU. We cannot function like that anymore. The European Parliament is losing its credibility" -PM Szydlo said during a presser with deputy PM Marcin Morawicki. 

The possible complete ban sparked protests all over the country. Thousands of women dressed in black went to the streets on Monday to demand the right to decide for themselves. 

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