Poland’s abortion-rights activists say they can teach Americans about loopholes

By Deborah Amos, NPR
Published June 23, 2022
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In 1973, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion across the United States. Now, nearly 50 years later, it could overturn that decision this month. Abortion activists are concerned about what that means going forward. But could other countries already be providing a snapshot? NPR's Deb Amos reports from Warsaw, Poland, which has the toughest restrictions on abortion in Europe. And a quick warning, there is a brief discussion of rape in this story.

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ANTONINA LEWANDOWSKA: Oh, sorry. That's probably an abortion intervention.

Continued: https://www.wncw.org/2022-06-23/polands-abortion-rights-activists-say-they-can-teach-americans-about-loopholes


How women are resisting Poland’s abortion ban

By Costanza Spocci
26 May 2022

Warsaw, Poland – On a cold, hazy December morning, the Ryz sisters stand on a sidewalk of a busy street in Warsaw.

“Shall we go to church?” 24-year-old Olympia asks her sister, Melania, grinning and holding up a dozen pink, yellow and grey stickers with the words, “Abortion is OK”, and the hotline numbers and social media profiles of Polish pro-choice organisations.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/features/longform/2022/5/26/how-women-are-resisting-polands-abortion-ban


Poland government aims to create pregnancy register

08.01.2022
Video: 03:27 mins.
Alexandra von Nahmen

Poland has one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, banning the procedure in all but a few cases. Now the government wants to take it a step further by creating an official registry of all pregnancies.

continued: https://www.dw.com/en/poland-government-aims-to-create-pregnancy-register/av-60205302


Women’s rights activist charged for taking part in Polish abortion protests

Marta Lempart charged with insulting a police officer among other alleged offences

Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent
Feb 11, 2021

A woman’s rights activist involved in protests against the widely criticised near-total abortion ban in Poland has been charged.

In recent months Poland has been rocked by the largest protests since the collapse of communism after the government unveiled plans to further tighten already restrictive abortion laws last October - with demonstrations erupting again last month after the court’s justification for the original ruling was enshrined into law.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-abortion-protests-marta-lempart-b1800915.html


Poland abortion: Top court ban almost all terminations

October 22, 2020

Poland's top court has ruled that abortions in cases of foetal defects are unconstitutional.

Poland's abortion laws were already among the strictest in Europe but the Constitutional Tribunal's ruling will mean an almost total ban.

Once the decision comes into effect, terminations will only be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother's health is at risk.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54642108