Moves to restrict abortion law trigger global concern over reproductive rights

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by Ruth Green
International Bar Association
Thursday, 5 January 2017

Towards the end of 2016, thousands of women across Poland demonstrated against the government’s plans to introduce an outright ban on abortions. In a year that saw growing concerns over strict abortion laws in other parts of the world, the move – which would have led to a prison term for both the offending woman and any assisting physician – was greeted with widespread condemnation.

Within days, the proposal was resoundingly rejected by the country’s Parliament. Nevertheless, it raises questions of concern about a country’s willingness to make its laws on abortion even more restrictive.

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Source: International Bar Association