Poland Backs Down on Total Abortion Ban After Massive Protest

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Polish women are already in a difficult position if they’re seeking an abortion. Abortions are outlawed, with exceptions made for cases of incest, rape, badly damaged fetuses and situations where the mother’s life is at risk. Women are forced to travel to neighboring countries or attempt to buy the pills online. The situation is so difficult that Dutch abortion rights activists built drones to deliver the pills to the country by air. Despite the extreme situation there, the right-wing government proposed a ban on even those few exceptions. It didn’t go over well.

Thousands of protestors flooded the streets in Warsaw on Monday. Women and men dressed in black boycotted work and classes to let the conservative Law and Justice party know that they were not gonna take it. It looks like they’ve been heard, because on Wednesday, Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski has said that the upper house of parliament would not initiate work on the bill that would make the abortion ban law.

CTV News reports that the decision was largely influenced by the protestors, with the minister of science and higher education, Jaroslaw Gowin, even saying that the protestors have “caused us to think and taught us humility.” A debate has been scheduled in parliament for Wednesday as well, in which they will continue to discuss the issue.


Karczewski says he’s waiting to see what the lower house of parliament’s approach to the bill will be, but he does not wish to back down on a ban against aborting children with Down Syndrome, saying, “They are wonderful children, very much loved by their parents, very loving parents, bringing a lot of warmth and a lot of love into a home. I am a great opponent of killing such children.”

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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