Poland’s proposed ban on abortion part of broader push to turn back history

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Recent attempt to curb reproductive rights fits with conservative, autocratic agenda of ruling party

By Don Murray, CBC News Posted: Oct 04, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016 10:46 AM ET

In Poland, a country of almost 39 million people, the law on abortions is so strict that there were only 1,000 legal terminations last year. And now, the government is considering making it even stricter.

The governing Law and Justice party, led by conservative politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is considering a bill that would outlaw all abortions. All of them.

Millions of women are furious. They want the existing law relaxed, or at the very least, untouched. They've held large demonstrations — taking to the streets by the thousands on Monday in a national strike to protest the total ban on abortion.

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Source: CBC.ca