POLAND – Widespread opposition and condemnation again stops fundamentalist politicians from punitive law reform

Fundamentalists, led by activist Kaja Godek forced the Social Policy and Family Committee of the Polish parliament to debate the repressive “Stop abortion” bill on 2 July 2018. This bill aimed to criminalise abortions on grounds of fetal impairment, which under the existing narrow law make up 95% of all legal abortions carried out in Polish hospitals. The decision to hold this debate was a surprise, because the Committee had previously said it would not deal … Continued

FETAL ANOMALY – Ending a pregnancy because of Down’s Syndrome is not a precursor to eugenics

On 19 August, Quartz published a post about the prevalence of Down syndrome in Iceland in which the author Bonnie Rochman writes: “In Iceland, nearly every woman who undergoes prenatal testing and whose fetus receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome decides to end her pregnancy.”

INDIA – Need an abortion: join the long march to the Supreme Court in Delhi

  The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.   On 25 August, the Supreme Court ruled that a rape victim who is a minor should not be forced to knock on the doors of the Court for permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual … Continued

POLAND – An anti-abortion group yet again seeks to ban abortions, this time on the ground of fetal anomaly

  A Polish anti-abortion group recently asked the speaker of the lower house of the parliament to register a citizens’ legislative initiative called the Stop Abortion Committee. The group plan to collect signatures supporting legislation to prohibit abortions on the grounds of serious fetal anomaly, one of the few indications for legal abortion left in Poland since 1993, and the reason for almost all the legal abortions women can get. These are, however, only a … Continued

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