Poland: 25 years of Women’s Hell

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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How Poland’s far-right government is pushing abortion underground

How Poland’s far-right government is pushing abortion underground
A year ago, mass protests in Poland defeated a new abortion ban. But the ruling party, supported by the church, continues to cut reproductive rights – leaving people at the mercy of the black market.

By Alex Cocotas
Thursday 30 November 2017

Barbara Nowacka first had an inkling that something exceptional was happening on the morning of the protests. It was October 2016, and a journalist she knew, a conservative, called to ask how it was looking. She told him she had no idea what was going to happen. The journalist told her that his two daughters had gone to school that morning dressed in black. Perhaps, Nowacka thought, this could be big.

A ban on abortion in Poland had been put forward in parliament six months earlier, and Nowacka, a leftwing politician and long-time social activist, was a leading figure in the movement to oppose it. Nationwide protests had been scheduled for 3 October, but like most people, she had little hope that they would succeed. Perhaps they would get a nice crowd, a little media coverage; but it would ultimately be a gesture. The law would pass.

continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/30/how-polands-far-right-government-is-pushing-abortion-underground

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Polish minister likens abortion regime to Nazi-era euthanasia

Parliament debates Bill to ban abortion as government continues conservative push

Sept 22, 2016, Irish Times
Derek Scally in Berlin

Poland’s interior minister has urged MPs to back a new Bill effectively outlawing abortion by likening the current regime – already one of the most restrictive in Europe – to Nazi-era euthanasia.

Warsaw’s Sejm parliament began debating a proposed Bill on Thursday to outlaw terminations and curb sex education, part of the national conservative government’s “counter-revolution” against liberal European norms.

The current regime from 1993 allows abortions in three cases: after rape or incest, if the child is “seriously malformed”, or if the mother’s health is in danger.

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Source: Irish Times

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Poland’s abortion stand-off heats up ahead of parliamentary vote

People attending an anti-government, pro-choice demonstration in Warsaw. Wojtek Radwanski / AFP / Getty Images

Parliament reviews restrictive Bill as pro-choice side lodges liberal one

about 19 hours ago
Derek Scally in Berlin

The gloves have come off in Poland’s bitter abortion battle, with pro-choice and anti-abortion camps lodging rival proposals to reform the country’s restrictive termination regime – in very different directions.

After months of emotive street protests, including gatherings of pro-choice campaigners wielding clothes hangers, the two competing Bills will now force a parliamentary debate over what Polish commentators have dubbed a “cultural war” in an increasingly polarised country.

The draft Bills will change existing Polish abortion legislation from 1993, which allows termination in only three cases: after rape or incest, if the child is “seriously malformed” or if the mother’s health is in danger.

Yesterday in Warsaw’s Sejm parliament, Polish pro-choice campaigners lodged a draft Bill that would liberalise this regime: allowing termination on request until the 12th week of pregnancy and improving access to contraception and sex education.

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Source: Irish Times

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