The European Parliament overwhelmingly supported the resolution on abortion in Poland. As many as 455 MEPs were in favor, only 145 against, and 71 abstained. Former MEPs from SLD, Spring, PO, and Sylwia Spurek (independent). Against - PiS. The PSL did not vote.
The resolution condemns the Constitutional Court's judgment on abortion, recognizing that it endangers the health and life of women and represents a dangerous step backward when it comes to guaranteeing women's reproductive rights. Affirms that women's rights are fundamental human rights and that the EU institutions and the Member States have a duty to respect and protect them.
The resolution also emphasizes that the protesters in Poland are not only against the decision of the Constitutional Court but also against the "abortion compromise" adopted in 1993. It also postulates that abortion should be included in the EU Health Strategy.
The authors of the resolution emphasize, inter alia, that the prohibition of abortion forces women to perform illegal and uncertain procedures or travel abroad and performing an abortion should not be included in the penal code, as it has a "chilling" effect on doctors who do not undertake the procedures in the field of reproductive rights due to the risk of a criminal sanction.
Poland is at the bottom of the European list when it comes to access to contraceptives.