Kobiety w Sieci (a safe abortion hotline in Poland), Women Help Women, and a number of abortion rights activists and lawyers, at the invitation of many local groups in Poland, are “touring” the country and holding a series of public conversations about abortion.
“The Polish Minister of Health recently announced the plan to restrict access to emergency contraception which became freely available in pharmacies as a result of a European Commission ruling last year. The planned restrictions would greatly impede the lives of women and girls and contribute to the sales of this product from unsafe sources and also cause a rise in the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions.”
On 4 November, the Polish Parliament adopted a new project. They called it “For Life” (“Za Życiem”) and claimed it was targeting “difficult pregnancies”. What it is really about is offering pregnant women carrying a seriously disabled or unviable fetus … Continued
On Thursday, while protesting at a demonstration organized by Razem (Together Party), I met a lot of mothers with babies in buggies and gondolas, and toddlers and slightly older children in strollers, with pre-school kids marching holding hands. We were all protesting, because we understand a bit more and we have experienced more than men in suits currently debating in the Parliament. We’ve been through these medical procedures, the lengthy process of waiting and delivering the baby, breastfeeding and lulling to sleep. Were the bill passed, the parliament members would turn out to be people without elementary medical knowledge, without empathy, without mothers, wives and daughters. Or simply heartless people.
A Polish woman’s abortion story
The government party, PiS, is working on its own abortion bill, which is likely to propose that so-called “eugenic abortions” – abortions on the grounds of fetal congenital anomaly – to be outlawed. Given that 1,000 of the 1,044 legal abortions in Poland in 2015 were permitted on these grounds, such a law would still result in a virtual ban on abortion.
Our congratulations to the women of Poland for the brilliant decision to call a national strike on 3 October, in which between 30,000 and 100,000 people, according to different reports, took to the streets to protest the threatened ban on abortion: the government couldn’t ignore you any longer.
“We, the undersigned civil society organizations, invite you to support the ‘Save the Women’ initiative by endorsing this statement and the cause behind it. Please send your endorsements by end of Wednesday, 21st September by filling in the form available here.”
Several thousand people gathered on 18 June to protest a proposal for an almost total ban on abortions in Poland.
The situation of women in Poland continues to deteriorate. The “Stop Abortion” civic committee succeeded in submitting a draft law introducing a complete ban on abortion and a new category into the criminal code – “prenatal murder”, which will introduce a penalty of 3–5 years in prison for women, doctors and anyone helping a woman to have an abortion.