Poland is considering legislation that would completely ban abortion in the EU member state country.
The proposals – criticised as “medieval”- would mean abortion would be illegal even in cases of rape or if the foetus has a severe health issue.
Poland currently has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe but allows terminations where rape or incest is involved or if the child would be born severely ill.
The ban has been promoted by bishops of the Catholic Church and politicians at the highest level have voiced their support for the proposals.
The ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, which has only been in power since October, has close links with the Church.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Chairman of Law and Justice and seen as its most powerful figure, said he was “subject to the teachings of bishops” on abortion.
A conservative legal group known as Ordo Iuris - who also want to ban same-sex marriage - drafted the legislation and it was endorsed by the Conference of Polish Episcopacy.
Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, seen by some as a puppet for Mr Kaczynski, also came out in support of completely banning abortion and said many of her party’s politicians will too.Read the rest of the story HERE and view a related story below:
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