Poland: Conformism, contempt & conceit – voting on abortion-related bills in the Polish Parliament

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Conformism, contempt & conceit – voting on abortion-related bills in the Polish Parliament

10/01 will be remembered as another day when Polish women were betrayed by people who were given mandate to represent their citizens. Citizens and their legislative initiative. Polish MPs have rejected the “Save women” bill and referred to the committee the “Stop abortion” bill. We thought we hit rock bottom, then the anti-choice majority knocked from down below.

80 pro-choice organizations have appealed to the MPs for a fact-based, open-minded and genuine debate in the Parliament. They have provided fact-based arguments to encourage the lawmakers to support a bill that guarantees basic standards in education, conscious parenthood and reproductive health (more about the bill). To stand by women whose rights have been since 25 years neglected. 25 years of the highly restrictive law that is in practice even more repressive as it has restricted an access to legal abortion (more about the effects of the anti-abortion law).

Continued at source: http://en.federa.org.pl/voting-on-abortion-related-bills/

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion
If enacted, the ‘stop abortion’ bill would outlaw terminations carried out because of a congenital disorder of the foetus

Christian Davies in Warsaw
Thu 11 Jan ‘18

The Polish parliament has rejected proposed legislation to liberalise abortion laws, voting instead to pass proposals for tough new restrictions to a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.

Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with terminations permitted only when the life of the foetus is under threat, when there is a grave threat to the health of the mother, or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/polish-mps-reject-liberalised-abortion-laws-but-back-new-restrictions

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Poland’s lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law

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Poland’s lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law
Jan 10, 2017

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s lawmakers rejected a proposal to liberalize the country’s strict abortion law Wednesday and voted to continue work on further toughening the rules.

The opposing approaches were embodied in two separate draft laws proposed by different civic groups.

The current law outlaws abortions in all but the most exceptional cases and only up to the 12th week of pregnancy. Abortion is allowed only when a woman’s health or life is in danger, a pregnancy results from crime, or a fetus is irreparably damaged.

continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/polands-lawmakers-debate-proposed-changes-to-abortion-law/2018/01/10/b4309b22-f60f-11e7-9af7-a50bc3300042_story.html?utm_term=.cd519ab97c6d

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Poland’s abortion debate back in parliament

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Poland’s abortion debate back in parliament

EURACTIV.com with AFP
Jan 10, 2018

Poland’s abortion debate was back on the agenda on Wednesday (10 January), more than a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women successfully took to the streets in the Catholic country to stop the tightening of a law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

The Polish parliament, which is controlled by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, began debating two competing draft laws: one that aims to liberalise the law and another that seeks to ban abortion when the foetus is deformed.

Continued: https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/polands-abortion-debate-back-in-parliament/

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Poland: 25 years of Women’s Hell

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25 years of Women’s Hell
7 January 2018
by Wanda Nowicka

25 years ago on January 7th 1993 the Polish Parliament passed the anti-abortion in Poland under the pressure of the Roman Catholic Church despite numerous protests and opposition in the entire country. It ignored 1,5 million of signatures under the initiative of national referendum collected in shops, health centers and in the streets.

After 25 years of restrictive legislation it is evident how damaging this law turned out to be for Polish women. Their life, health and dignity have been in great danger, It deprived them capacity to decide about their life.

Continued at source: http://nowicka-wanda.blog.onet.pl/2018/01/07/25-years-of-womens-hell/

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Malta: PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances

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PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances
hFarrugia says AG should draft opinion to confirm government view

Saturday, January 6, 2018
by Philip Leone Ganado

The Democratic Party welcomed yesterday the government’s clarification that a Bill intended to fight domestic violence would not decriminalise abortion under any circumstances.

Godfrey Farrugia, one of the PD’s two members of Parliament, said the Attorney General should nevertheless draft an opinion to confirm the government’s interpretation of the proposed law.

Continued at source: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180106/local/pd-breathes-sigh-of-relief-following-anti-abortion-assurances.667121

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N.Ireland: Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals

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Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International

Brendan Hughes
09 December, 2017

STORMONT officials have refused to update guidance for health workers following the British government's decision to give Northern Ireland women free access to NHS abortions in England.

Since June, women in the north have been allowed free abortion services in England, while a similar change was introduced last month in Scotland.

Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/09/news/stormont-refuses-to-update-guidance-to-health-workers-on-abortion-referrals-1206417/

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South Africa: Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate

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Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate
Pregnancy termination amendment is intended to tighten conditions for allowing women to have abortions

08 December 2017
Tamar Kahn

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in Parliament, paving the way for an emotional debate on access to abortion when MPs return to their duties next year.

The draft legislation is a private-member’s bill introduced by African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley, who previously tried to restrict women’s access to abortion by proposing an amendment to the Constitution to include the right to life of the unborn child.

Continued at source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2017-12-08-private-member-bill-set-to-revive-abortion-debate/

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Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

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Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

By Caterina Tani
BRUSSELS, Dec 6, 2017

A backlash against access to abortion in some EU member states in the past few years is "deeply troubling", the Council of Europe warned on Tuesday (5 December).

In the majority of EU countries abortions are legal, but in some states a wave of "retrogressive restrictions" are threatening women's health and well-being, the European human rights organisation's report said.

Continued at source: https://euobserver.com/health/140158

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Brazil: No Woman Should Need to Beg for An Abortion

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No Woman Should Need to Beg for An Abortion

Margaret Wurth, Researcher, Children's Rights Division
December 1, 2017

Last week, Rebeca Mendes Silva Leite, a 30-year-old woman from São Paulo, Brazil, asked Brazil’s Supreme Court for permission to safely and legally terminate an unplanned pregnancy she does not want to continue.

No woman should find herself in this position. But because Rebeca lives in Brazil, where abortion is illegal in most circumstances, she does not qualify for a legal abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/12/01/no-woman-should-need-beg-abortion

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