Poland backs payments aimed at reducing number of abortions

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Conservative government passes law promising parents of disabled children €926

Nov 7, 2016

Derek Scally in Berlin

Poland’s anti-abortion conservative government has passed a new law promising parents of children born disabled or facing life-threatening disease a once-off 4,000 zloty (€926) payment, in a bid to cut the number of abortions.

Parliamentary backing for the payment, due to come in next year, comes weeks after the government abandoned plans to tighten up Poland’s already restrictive abortion laws.

After public protest, and waning church support, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party let fall a Bill brought to parliament by anti-abortion groups, but promised to expedite assistance for women likely to give birth to a handicapped or terminally ill child.

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Source: Irish Times