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European Parliament Condemns Poland Abortion Law

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nov. 26 that “strongly condemns” Poland’s recent proposed law that seeks to ban nearly all abortions.

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nov. 26 that “strongly condemns” Poland’s recent proposed law that seeks to ban nearly all abortions.

A total of 455 members of the European Parliament (MEP) voted in favor on the resolution that states that Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruling on abortion “puts women’s health and lives at risk” and urges the Polish government to “refrain from any further attempts” to restrict women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

The parliament warned Poland, which already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, that further restricting legal abortions would lead to an increase of “unsafe, clandestine and life-threatening abortions.”

“Today Polish women are left with no other option than going to neighboring countries to undergo a safe and legal abortion and the Polish women who can’t afford to go abroad face even worse prospect,” Dutch MEP Samira Rafaela said in a debate held last Nov. 25 that led to the adoption of the resolution.

“To the women of Poland I would like to say, we are standing right next to you and we will join you in this battle till the very end,” Rafaela further said.

The non-binding resolution also called for institutions of the European Union to support sexual and reproductive health rights across its member states.

Since the Oct. 22 court ruling that bans abortions of fetus with congenital defects, thousands of protesters have gathered to the streets across Poland, leading to the delay of the implementation of the proposed abortion law.

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