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Protests mount in Poland over government’s plans to criminalise all abortions

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2109 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2109
  1. Jaroslaw Adamowski
  1. Warsaw

Thousands of people have been protesting across cities in Poland at plans being considered by the conservative government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party to ban all abortions, scrapping the three exceptions in which terminating pregnancy is currently legal.

The protests culminated in a demonstration in front of the parliament buildings on 9 April where women’s health campaigners said that they wanted the current law to be relaxed and reproductive rights restored.

A new draft bill has been prepared by a coalition of Catholic associations, which set up the Stop Abortion Committee. If the parliamentary speaker approves the bill, the committee will have three months …

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