June 29, 2018

As legislators seek to revive draconian legislation that would nearly ban abortion in Poland, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) stands in solidarity with Polish women who are defying a repressive state to claim their reproductive and human rights.

Though Polish women have made their voices heard, with massive demonstrations that halted anti-abortion legislation over the past three years, powerful anti-choice forces continue to push for regressive legislation. The proposed bill—which is slated for a committee discussion on July 2—would penalize abortion in cases of fetal impairment, which constitute the majority of legal abortions in Poland. Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws within the European Union. Abortion is only lawful to safeguard the life or health of women, in situations of severe fetal anomaly, or where the pregnancy results from rape or another criminal act such as incest. Further limiting access to abortion will threaten the health, well-being, and lives of Polish women.

IWHC calls on the Polish government to respect the voices of Polish women, who will once again take to the streets on July 2 to peacefully protest, and urges the Polish parliament to reject this retrograde bill. The recent vote to legalize abortion in Ireland should serve as an inspiration for Polish legislators to respond to the needs of Polish women, instead of disregarding women’s voices and lives.


Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 212-801-1260


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