By Matthew Roscoe • 22 October 2020 • 14:54
AN almost total ban on abortion could be introduced in Poland as a top constitutional court is set to make a ruling.
Poland already has some of the strictest laws in Europe with abortion only being allowed in cases of rape or incest, if the foetus is seriously compromised, or if the mother’s life is at risk.
The news has angered human rights groups who are urging the Polish government to reject the plans, which under the new legislation would also ban terminations in cases of foetal defects.
This appears to be the main issue of contention for those advocating against the move as nearly all abortions carried out in Poland are where the foetus has severe disabilities.
Polish sexual and reproductive health and rights activist Antonina Lewandowska told the BBC: “It’s inhuman, it’s despicable honestly to make anyone carry a pregnancy to term, especially if the foetus is malformed, and 98% of legal abortions carried out in Poland are due to foetal malformations.”
A joint statement made to three international rights groups; Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch, said:
“The Constitutional Tribunal’s upcoming proceedings take place in the context of repeated government attacks on women’s rights and efforts to roll back reproductive rights, as well as legal and policy changes that have undermined the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Poland.”
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