Poland's parliament rejects near-total ban on abortion after protests
Poland’s parliament has overwhelmingly rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortions after protests by tens of thousands of women, marking an embarrassing setback for the conservative government and the Catholic church.
The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) had originally backed draft proposals drawn up by an independent anti-abortion campaign group but was badly shaken by Monday’s protest rallies across Poland, which were attended by up to 100,000 women dressed in black.
Poland already has one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, and the new proposals would have limited access... read more
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