Poland’s lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion

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Poland’s lawmakers on Thursday rejected a civil legislative motion that declared abortion as illegal as homicide.

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In the initial phase, there were 361–48 votes to reject the proposal, with 12 abstaining, and were greeted with applause.

This was overwhelming, as the majority of 228 ruling right-wing lawmakers voted against it. The Law and Justice Party said the proposal was extreme and counterproductive. Only 41 of its MPs were in favor of working on it.

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The project’s rejection of Law and Justice was notable as Poland’s restrictive abortion law was tightened last year, sparking massive street protests.

The motion, presented by the Anti-Abortion Pro-Right to Life Foundation, provides for a sentence of up to 25 years in prison or even life imprisonment for causing an abortion or helping a woman perform an abortion.

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Poland prohibits abortion except in cases where the woman’s health or life is in danger or when the pregnancy resulted from a crime such as rape or incest.

In practice, Polish women travel abroad to seek abortions or to order abortion pills via mail.

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