Activists are demanding reform.
By Aisha Salaudeen, and Bukola Adebayo, CNN
Thu November 26, 2020
(CNN) What do you do when your country is torn between decriminalizing abortion and maintaining its colonial abortion laws? Start a debate.
That's the idea being put forward by Esther Muinjangue, Namibia's deputy minister of health and social services.
By ANDREW RETTMAN
BRUSSELS, 26. NOV, 2020
The European Commission has urged Poland not to abandon a treaty against domestic violence, as Warsaw continues to drift further from EU norms.
"The Istanbul Convention is the gold standard in terms of policy in this area," equality commissioner Helena Dalli said in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday (25 November), referring to a 2011 international treaty.
European Parliament urges Warsaw to ‘refrain from any further attempts’ to restrict women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.
BY MAÏA DE LA BAUME
November 26, 2020
The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that "strongly condemns" Poland's recent tightening of abortion rules and urges the government to "refrain from any further attempts" to restrict women's sexual and reproductive health rights.
A total of 455 MEPs voted in favor of the resolution (with 145 against) "on the de-facto ban on the right to abortion in Poland," weeks after millions of protesters took to the streets to protest a ruling from the country’s Constitutional Tribunal that abortions for reasons of fetal abnormality violate the Polish constitution.
By Michael Daventry
In October, Poland became the only European Union country to remove a right to legal abortion from its citizens.
The country’s top court ruled on October 22 that it was unconstitutional to abort a foetus if it had congenital defects.
A majority of European lawmakers who took part in a debate on abortion rights in Poland expressed solidarity with protesters, vowing to "join them in this battle till the very end".
MEPs debated Polish abortion rights on Wednesday afternoon and will vote on a resolution on Thursday.
NOVEMBER 24, 2020
A referendum on the right to abortion would not have any legal implications, a spokesman for the Polish government said on Tuesday.
Speaking to TVP1, a public television channel, Piotr Mueller said that a "classic referendum," as described in the constitution, "would not have any binding force because it would not change the constitution."
by VANESSA GERA
Nov 23, 2020
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland.
Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including photojournalist Agata Grzybowska.
The supermodel and prolific Vogue cover star shares a powerful letter on the realities surrounding abortion rights in her home country, and her hopes for an inclusive future for the LGBTQIA+ community.
BY ANJA RUBIK
23 NOVEMBER 2020
In 2020, our Poland is a divided country, and as a Polish woman, I have grave fears. Church and state have merged, giving birth to conflict and contradiction. A woman’s right to choose is under siege, the LGBTQIA+ community is treated like second-class citizens, and sex education is being phased out.
Poland has the strictest abortion legislation in the EU. Abortion is illegal with three exceptions [in cases of rape, incest or where there’s a threat to the mother’s life], and these exceptions are being slowly erased. This will affect not just our women, but our entire community. On 22 October, the Constitutional Court outlawed abortion in the case of severe and irreversible foetal impairment.
By Reuters Staff
NOVEMBER 23, 2020
WARSAW (Reuters) - Police scuffled with protesters who gathered in front of Poland’s Education Ministry on Monday following a ruling that tightened restrictions on abortion rights in the Catholic country.
Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets since the Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Oct. 22 to further limit already restrictive abortion rules, the latest phase of a battle between liberals and religious conservatives in Poland.
Three trans men and nonbinary people talk to writer Kam Burns about their abortion experiences and the importance of inclusive health care.
BY KAM BURNS
November 23, 2020
El Sanchez was crying as the nurse held their hand. "I'm sorry," the nurse said. "This is always really hard for women." But at that moment, Sanchez wasn't crying from the emotional consequences of getting an abortion; they were crying because of the physical pain. Soon, Sanchez began bawling. Both the nurse and the doctor performing the procedure continued to misgender them, ignoring their insistence that, really, they were fine, and no, they didn't need their "boyfriend."
This was Sanchez's second abortion, but their first since coming out as nonbinary. "The first time, you know, I didn't get emotional at all," Sanchez tells Allure. "[During my second abortion] the combination of the doctor misgendering me, and then forcing these heterosexual gender roles on me, made me feel even more erased in the situation, and so it became much more emotional for me."