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Abortion laws in Poland

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Abortion laws in Poland

<p>The Polish parliament has rejected draft legislation to allow abortion until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy by 240 votes to 173.</p> <p>Abortion is currently permitted only in cases of rape, incest or medical complications for the mother or child.</p> <h3>Catholic-backed bill</h3> <p>Meanwhile another draft bill, supported by the Catholic Church which would ban abortion except if the mother’s life is at risk has moved on for further consideration.This law would see doctors who perform abortions and women who undergo them face up to 5 years in prison. The church’s influence is considerable 90% of Polish people identify as being catholic.</p> <h3>Polarised protestors</h3> <p>Protestors from both camps have been demonstrating in front of parliament.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I say NO to prison for abortion, I say NO to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Poland?src=hash">#Poland</a> where miscarriage is a crime <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CzarnyProtest?src=hash">#CzarnyProtest</a> <a href="https://t.co/B4fYUEqI2Q">pic.twitter.com/B4fYUEqI2Q</a></p>— Ela Żywiczyńska (@rosiomak) <a href="https://twitter.com/rosiomak/status/778529144967757824">September 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Poland?src=hash">#Poland</a> tables new bill to criminalise <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abortion?src=hash">#abortion</a><a href="https://t.co/DA8itc3pxj">https://t.co/DA8itc3pxj</a> <a href="https://t.co/TuiHocPqsw">pic.twitter.com/TuiHocPqsw</a></p>— New Europe (@New_Europe) <a href="https://twitter.com/New_Europe/status/777797478468952065">September 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>A rock and a hard place</h3> <p>The ruling conservatives (PiS) are in somewhat of a quandary: reluctant to antagonise the Church yet wary of fanning public outcry if they impose further restrictions.</p> <p>The future of <span class="caps">IVF</span> (In Vitro Fertilization) which has already lost government funding is also under discussion.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“A woman who needs an abortion isn't a criminal.” Protests Warsaw &<br /> London Sunday against Poland’s abortion ban <a href="https://t.co/E3gTHPIeqX">pic.twitter.com/E3gTHPIeqX</a></p>— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/StefSimanowitz/status/776787445371248640">September 16, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>