Poland: What It’s Like to Have an Illegal Abortion

By Izabela Szumen
October 26, 2016

This article originally appeared on VICE Poland.

In late September and early October of this year, thousands of men and women took to the streets of the biggest Polish cities to protest a proposed ban on abortion. Abortion is already illegal in Poland, but this amendment would have also banned the current exceptions to the rule—where women were allowed to have abortions after being raped, if the mother was at risk, or if the fetus was severely damaged, for example.

After these nationwide protests, the new proposal was shut down. But a week later, Jarosław Kaczyński—chairman of Polish ruling party Law and Order—vowed that his party "will strive to ensure that even in pregnancies when a child is sure to die, severely deformed, women end up giving birth so that the child can be baptized, buried, and have a name." This led to a new round of protests held on October 23 and 24.

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Source: Vice Poland