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Polish parliament rejects proposed abortion ban

© Janek Skarzynski / AFP | Polish women take part in a nationwide strike and demonstration to protest against a legislative proposal for a total ban of abortion on October 3, 2016 in Warsaw

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-10-06

Polish lawmakers on Thursday rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling conservatives and follows street protests by tens of thousands of women.

The 450-member lower house voted 352 against 58 to reject the controversial bill, with 18 abstentions.

The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent anti-abortion campaign group, in an unscheduled parliamentary committee meeting late on Wednesday.

"PiS continues to back the protection of life," party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told parliament. "And it will continue to take action in this respect but it will be considered action."

Up to 100,000 women dressed in black joined protest rallies across Poland on Monday against the plans to tighten the country's already restrictive abortion rules.

Worryingly for PiS, a socially conservative, eurosceptic party which swept to power last October with pledges to help poorer Poles and to boost the state's role in the economy, some of the women protesters had previously voted for the party.

Poland's lawmakers reject abortion ban

Under the rejected plans, abortion would have been allowed only in the event of a direct danger to the mother's life, but no longer -- as it is presently -- in cases of rape, incest or serious health issues for the mother or when the baby was likely to be permanently handicapped.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)
 

Date created : 2016-10-06

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