Bid to ban abortion in Poland sparks heated Strasbourg debate

The European Parliament. Source: Wikimedia Commons

05.10.2016 20:14, Radio Poland

Left-wing European Parliament deputies on Wednesday slammed a “medieval” bid to ban abortion in Poland, while conservative MEPs stressed the controversial measure is not a government initiative.

The European Parliament debate came after a citizens’ bill to tighten staunchly Catholic Poland’s already restrictive abortion laws last week cleared a key parliamentary hurdle and was sent by MPs to the committee stage.

But in a move that surprised many, a Polish parliamentary committee on Wednesday rejected the bill, which had triggered street protests and fierce criticism on social media.

Malin Björk, a Swedish politician for the Left Party, said in the European Parliament debate in Strasbourg: “This new [proposed] law is a huge blow against women’s rights.”

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Source: Radio Poland