EUROPE / POLAND – Over 200 Parliamentarians call on the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Poland
In cooperation with the All of Us Network, over 200 Members of the European Parliament and of national Parliaments, Senates and Regional Governments joined forces to send a call to action to the European Commission, urging them to launch an infringement procedure against Poland to protect women’s rights, LGBTI rights & the rule of law.
“Our hard-fought rights and values, which we are rightly proud of, are at stake.”
The letter is addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, as well as Commissioners Věra Jourová, Helena Dalli, and Didier Reynders.
Since Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled on what is a de facto ban on abortion, even in cases of severe and fatal fetal impairment, thousands of people have taken the streets of Poland to protest against the ruling and the loss of the right to bodily autonomy it represents, and stand up to the government’s recent and current infringements of the rule of law.
The letter states: “As EU citizens and European Members of Parliament, we declare our heartfelt solidarity with Polish citizens resisting this situation. While the Polish government’s attack on the independence of the judiciary in Poland has been going on since 2015, we are convinced that it is more important than ever to finally stand up for our common EU values. Polish citizens are EU citizens and they rightly insist that EU institutions, in particular the European Commission, must defend their rights.”
FULL LETTER: Call for Action – De facto ban of abortion in the Republic of Poland and illegitimacy of the “Constitutional Tribunal” 24 November 2020