A draft seeking to liberalise Poland’s abortion laws prepared by the “Save the Women” Legislative Initiative Committee reached the Sejm (lower house) on 4th of August. The committee collected 215 000 signatures under the draft. Few weeks ago a citizen’s anti-abortion bill completely banning abortion and making it punishable by a prison term reached the Sejm. Both draft laws will be debated in polish parliament in autumn.
As the radical, right-wing ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) has an absolute majority in polish Parliament, draft law proposed by anty-choice Committee may be adopted. Nevertheless, the activists working for liberalization of the abortion law hope for a serious parliamentary debate, based on evidence and rational arguments, which demonstrates the serious negative consequences of the current anti-abortion law for women’s lives and health.