Abortion laws cause problems in Poland

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1556

A doctor in Poland has been put on trial for contravening tough new laws by carrying out an abortion. The doctor faces two years in prison and the removal of his medical licence for up to 10 years if he is found guilty.

The case, which has attracted enormous media and public attention, follows the introduction in 1993 of strict new laws governing abortion, brought in as the result of a lengthy campaign by the Catholic church together with the Christian Democratic Union party. The …

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