International Safe Abortion Day 2019 in Poland

This year’s 28 September theme is “Abortion is Healthcare” with the tagline “My Right to Decide!” and hashtag #MyAbortionMyHealth. In The Federation we have always seen abortion as a matter of health, self-determination, freedom and democracy. Therefore, our input to the celebration of September, 28 is the photo contest and exhibition entitled “Abortion. Poland. 21st century”.

We have decided to organise the photo competition in order to use art as means of reflection on the situation of women in Poland. Our goal was to have members of the wider public – artists, activists, observers and others – use photography as a tool for diagnosing and showing us the whole spectrum of social phenomena, paradoxes, manipulations and outright lies that surround abortion in Poland today. Three years after the massive mobilization of the #BlackProtest and #WomensStrike, we are seeking to encourage women and their supporters to show us how they go around the restrictive laws. We know that this is exactly what happens and it is estimated that around 130k Polish women terminate their pregnancies annually.

We wanted to see how something as normal as abortion became so emotionally charged – because in order to normalize abortion and re-start the conversation and public debate around it we need to underline this hypocrisy and yawning gap between the public discourse, the law, and the reality of life that’s made of choices, including the one on terminating one’s pregnancy.

The photography was chosen so as to allow the public to represent both individual and social consequences of living in the country where abortion is illegal apart from 3 exceptions, bt even then hardy accessible.

On 27th of September we will hold a vernissage and award authors of the best photographs chosen by the jury. We will also present the photo album which combines most moving photographs with text that shed more light on abortion realities in Poland. The exhibition will be open for public up to October, 5.

Our guests will have a unique opportunity to observe emotions surrounding the procedure when it’s allowed under the three exceptions and when it’s performed in the underground.

Another celebration of the International Safe Abortion Day is The Second Pro-Choice March. More details

Last year’s edition gathered 2-3 thousand people.