Plans for near-total abortion ban fail following massive protests in Poland
- The measure was defeated 352-58 after as many as 100,000 women dressed in black took to the streets across the country for “Black Monday” protests.
- Pushed by the conservative Law and Justice party (PIS) and the Catholic church, the proposed law would have limited legal abortion to instances where the woman’s life was in danger, with women and doctors both facing imprisonment for conducting abortions.
- Poland currently has some of the strictest limitations on women’s reproductive rights in Europe, with abortion allowed only in cases of rape, incest, danger to the woman’s health, or identification of serious fetal abnormality.
“Poland’s parliament rejects near-total ban on abortion after protests” (The Guardian)
“Black Monday: Polish women strike against abortion ban” (BBC)
“After mass protests, Poland won’t back total abortion ban” (AP via The Washington Post)
(mage Credit: Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press, via The Washington Post)