Oct 06, 2016 6:44AM

The Polish Government Is Rethinking Its Ridiculous Proposed Abortion Ban

Good choice.
Earlier in the week the people of Poland took to the streets to reclaim ownership of the bodies that are literally theirs. The specifics being that a proposed near-total ban on abortions had been already been passed through one parliamentary check-point. Unbelievable.
 
For a country with already very strict rules around abortion — they’re only legal if a woman's life is in danger, the foetus is irreparably damaged or the pregnancy results from rape or incest — this proposal is horrifying. It would mean an all out ban on abortions even in cases of rape or when a woman's life is at risk. Any woman found to have undergone a termination would be charged with a 5-year prison sentence and the doctors involved would also be liable for jail time. Totally unconscionable.
 
After huge protests and strikes over the country at the start of the week, some senior politicians from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) have expressed that they are not down for the ban.
 
Jarosław Gowin, the minister of science and higher education, who had supported the Stop Abortions proposals, said that the protests had "caused us to think and taught us humility".
 
Beata Szydło, the prime minister, who had also shown some support for the move, said on Tuesday that the government "has not worked and is not working on any law amending the current legislation on abortion". Suss, but ok.
 
The Liberal MP and former prime minister Ewa Kopacz claims the PiS has "backtracked because it was scared by all the women who hit the streets in protest". And so it should be scared of powerful women protecting their human rights.
 

Hayley Morgan