Poles divided on 'draconian' abortion, sex education bills
Polish lawmakers are set to debate draft laws that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize school sex education and equate homosexuality with pedophilia despite similar bills getting dropped in the past due to a popular outcry
By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press
15 April 2020
WARSAW, Poland -- Polish lawmakers began debating draft laws Wednesday that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize sex education in schools and equate homosexuality with pedophilia, revisiting proposals backed by a Catholic group that were shelved after a popular outcry.
Domestic critics and international human rights organizations say Poland's conservative government is playing foul by bringing the controversial proposals to parliament during the coronavirus pandemic. Mass demonstrations thwarted the bills in the past but would be illegal under a current lockdown that limits gatherings to five people.
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Protesting Poles engage in drive for abortion rights
Joanna Plucinska, Reuters
April 14, 2020
WARSAW — Poles took to social media and their cars on Tuesday to oppose proposals set to be discussed in parliament this week to limit abortion rights and to criminalize sex education in conservative Poland.
As restrictions on movement to contain the novel coronavirus prevented street gatherings, protesters driving in their cars blocked off one of Warsaw’s main roundabouts, Rondo Dmowskiego.
Women in Poland protest draft law curbing abortion rights
by The Associated Press
Posted Apr 14, 2020
WARSAW, Poland — Paying lip service to COVID-19 lockdown rules, scores of women driving cars or riding bicycles in Warsaw protested Tuesday against a new effort by the conservative government to tighten already restrictive anti-abortion laws.
They oppose draft laws due to be debated in the lower house of parliament this week that would ban abortion of sick or deformed fetuses and penalize sex education in schools.
Poland: Reject New Curbs on Abortion, Sex Ed
Don’t Manipulate Pandemic to Endanger Women, Adolescents
April 14, 2020
Human Rights Watch
(London) – Poland’s Parliament will consider regressive legislation this week that would restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights and put the lives and well-being of women and adolescents at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The legislation is scheduled for reading on April 15 or 16, 2020 as the country remains under a COVID-19-related state of emergency that bans group gatherings.
The bills under consideration were originally introduced in March 2018 and October 2019, and have since been stalled or not moved forward under the Parliament elected in November 2019. Both were met by street protests.
How the Supreme Court Could Gut Reproductive Rights Without Ruling on a Single Abortion Restriction
February 10 2020
Julie Bindeman’s first pregnancy went so smoothly, and she and her husband were so enamored with their newborn son, that the couple decided to try for a second child as soon as possible. They conceived easily — just as they had the first time around — but then Bindeman miscarried. That reframed her thinking around pregnancy. “It wasn’t just, you get pregnant and have a baby, which had been my first experience,” she said. “Well, you can get pregnant and not have a baby, and that can happen really early.”
The couple decided to try again. Bindeman was anxious during the first trimester, bracing for another miscarriage. But that didn’t happen, and things seemed to be proceeding well. Then, at the 20-week mark, they received devastating news after a routine ultrasound: The fetus’s brain was not developing properly. If the fetus were to survive to term, it would never develop beyond a 2-month-old — it wouldn’t be able to walk, talk, or feed itself. “Our lives completely turned upside down,” Bindeman said.
Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules
Apr 19, 2019
NEW DELHI: Last month, when a woman in Maharashtra found out that her 22-week-old fetus had a brain condition that posed “substantial risk of serious physical handicap,” she had to move court because abortion is not allowed in India after 20 weeks. The woman and her husband would have been spared this trauma had a five-year old proposal to allow medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) up to 24 weeks in problematic cases become law.
It was in 2014 that the Union health ministry drafted the amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for cases in which doctors diagnose fetal abnormalities or substantial risk to the mother or the child.
Later Abortion: A Love Story
I recently met someone new and we talked for a while. She asked me where I’m from; I asked her what she does for work. She asked me if I have any children.
That last question gave me pause, not because it was too personal but because I wasn’t sure how to answer. If I said no, it would feel like a sad lie. If I said yes, she might ask how old my child is and I would have to say, “He would have been one in March.” Then she might say, “Oh. I’m so sorry,” and we would sit together in a sea of awkwardness rising around us. Maybe she would stop there, or continue with a sympathetic “May I ask what happened?” And I would have to say, “He died.”
US anti-abortion activists tell Irish women that abortion will be rape-like
The target of their campaigns -- couples who have been told their fetus has a fatal abnormality.
Feb 21, 2019
American anti-abortion organizations have been descending on Ireland following the country's legalization of the procedure in January. The Sidewalk Advocates for life (SAFL) have been using American examples and training and applying it to an Irish context with the opening of Gianna Care -- a Dublin based anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center.
The target of their campaigns -- couples who have been told their fetus has a fatal abnormality. The organization is reportedly training their members to wait in car parks for these couples and then convince them not to proceed with the abortion.
Poland Is Trying to Make Abortion Dangerous, Illegal, and Impossible.
Ireland voted to liberalize abortion laws. The far-right government in Warsaw is moving in the opposite direction.
By Madeline Roache
January 8, 2019
Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion in Poland. But most of it happens underground.
Under Poland’s draconian abortion law—one of the strictest in the European Union—terminations are permitted only if there is a threat to the mother’s life, if there is a fetal abnormality, or when pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest.
Norway Will Negotiate Discriminatory Elements in Abortion Act
November 5, 2018
Prime Minister Erna Solberg does not want to change abortion practice in Norway, but will remove “discriminatory element in the law”, according to Dagens Næringsliv.
Solberg has been criticized for her willingness to negotiate changes in the Abortion Act, as she needs the support of Christian Democrats (KrF) for her bourgeois government.
In an interview with the newspaper, Solberg says that women should still be able to use abortion right after 12 weeks if there is a high risk of the child having serious disabilities.