Polish women take to streets for abortion rights

// 6 November 2006

Around 300 Polish women demonstrated on the streets of Warsaw, calling for a relaxation on the country’s abortion ban.

Today Online reports that, while pro-choice organisations are calling for abortion to be legalised, the ultra-right faction in Parliament is calling for the ban to be tightened further.

Abortion is only allowed in Poland in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s life or irreversible malformation of the foetus. Breaking the law carries a two-year jail term.

Recently the ultra-Catholic far right in the country’s parliament sought to have a “right to life from the moment of conception” written into the constitution to prevent any liberalization of the abortion law, and possibly to ban the practice outright.

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