Poland: Citizen’s draft liberalising abortion regulations in Sejm on Thursday

Archiwum Polish Press Agency © 2016 / Leszek Szymański

11:18, 03.08.2016

A draft seeking to liberalise Poland's abortion laws prepared by the "Save the Women" Legislative Initiative Committee will reach the Sejm (lower house) on Thursday. The committee collected over 160,000 signatures under the draft.

Under the "Save the Women" draft, women are entitled to have an abortion up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. After that abortion would be permissible along the same rules as those in effect today.

Additionally, in cases of severe and irreversible impairment of the foetus or an incurable disease, abortion would be permitted up to the 24th week. Abortion would be permissible up to the 18th week if the pregnancy is the result of a crime.

The proposed changes have been initiated by the Polish Initiative Association founded by former United Left leader Barbara Nowacka.

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Source: Polish Press Agency