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.


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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