Polish Parliament Rejects Controversial Abortion Bill
The Polish Parliament has rejected the controversial draft bill on a full ban of abortion.
Right-wing and liberal deputies joined efforts and rejected the draft bill with 352 votes “against” and 58 votes “for”.
This is the first huge blow against the ruling conservatives in Poland who faced mass protests over the last few days.
About 100,000 women dressed in black protested on Monday against the plans to tighten further the restrictive rules on abortion.
There is an almost total ban on abortion in Poland. There are certain exceptions in cases when the life of the mother is in danger, when there is risk to the health of the fetus and when pregnancy is a result of rape which must be certified by a prosecutor.
There are between 10,000 and 150,000 illegal abortions in Poland, compared to 1,000-2,000 legal abortions.
At the same time, the initiative against abortion collected 450,000 signatures in support of a full ban. The initiative is also supported by the Catholic Church.
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