Sejm rejects stricter anti-abortion law

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, voted by an overwhelming majority to reject a draft law proposed by the “Stop Abortion” citizens’ initiative. The bill provided for an absolute prohibition on abortion and criminal liability for anyone who causes the death of a fetus. MPs vot...

Locked content Senate halts work on own abortion bill

Following widespread street protests in Poland, the Senate has suspended work on draft legislation concerning termination of pregnancies. “We have to wait to see the results of the Sejm’s work regarding abortion regulations,” Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate, said on Wednesday. “We ...

Locked content Nearly 100,000 take part in Black Monday protests

According to the national chief of police Jarosław Szymczyk, a total of 98,000 people took part in yesterday’s protests against the further tightening of Poland’s anti-abortion law. The largest number of protesters – 20,000 – gathered in Wrocław, while in Warsaw 17,000 took to the street...

Black Monday: Polish women go on strike against abortion ban

Thousands of women across Poland have gone on strike to protest against proposals for a total ban on abortion. They marched through the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights. Women opposed to the ban stayed away from work and scho...