ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

In 2016 The Polish Federation of Saving Life Movements submitted a petition aiming to alter the current law on family planning and termination of pregnancies (the so called “anti-abortion law”). The petition introduces a total ban on abortion – anyone who is found guilty of causing death of a conceived child will face a three year prison sentence (women will not be punished for illegal procedures).

The Sejm Petition Committee will debate in the morning on Thursday, January 12th whether this petition is recommended for further works. The ruling Law and Justice party already claimed, possibly one of the consequences of the vast protests last autumn, that they are not open for discussing such “difficult matters”.

The Sejm Bureau of Research issued a very negative opinion of the proposal.

Source: Federation for Women and Family Planning