28 sept 2021

FEDERATION’S ACTIVITIES AROUND INTERNATIONAL SAFE ABORTION DAY 2021

8 October —  As each year, the Federation for Women and Family Planning celebrates Safe Abortion Day by getting actively involved in many actions and campaigns to show its commitment to women’s right to safe abortion on the national and international level. In Poland → the Federation, followed by the women’s rights organizations of the Coalition for Equality and Choice addressed a strong call to the members of the Polish Parliament, in which we demand READ MORE

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CALL TO POLISH MPs – WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS CLAIM BACK THE RIGHT TO ABORTION

The Federation for Women and Family Planning followed by women’s rights organizations of the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice addressed a strong call to the members of Polish Parliament, in which they demand the restoration of freedom to decide about their body, pregnancy and the future of the family. Read it below: To the Members of the Polish Parliament, all political parties! Today, on World Safe Abortion Day, the Federation for Women and Family READ MORE

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SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE RESCUE BILL – SIGN PETITION CALLING FOR DEPENALIZATION OF ABORTION IN POLAND!

26 July — Please sign the petition to support the Rescue Bill – we need to depenalise abortion in Poland! We call on all Members of the Polish Parliament to vote to immediately adopt the Rescue Bill. The proposed Rescue Bill removes criminal liability for physicians who perform abortions in case of fetal impairment and for those assisting with abortions. After the controversial ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal came into power in January 2021, this READ MORE

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SRHR IN POLAND OVERVIEW – JUNE AND JULY 2021

July 16 Work of the Federation for Women and Family Planning Decriminalisation of abortion campaign – sign a petition Federation continues its campaign aiming at decriminalising abortion in Poland. Please support our action and sign the petition asking Polish MPs to proceed with the so-called Rescue Bill tabled at the Parliament by the Left party. The Rescue Bill removes criminal liability for physicians who perform abortions in case of fetal impairment and for those assisting READ MORE

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“LEGAL ABORTION WITHOUT COMPROMISE” CIVIC BILL INITIATIVE

February 3 — On October 22, 2020, the illegitimate Polish Constitutional Court ruled that access to abortion due to “high probability of severe and irreversible foetal disability or incurable disease threatening its life” is unconstitutional. Fierce protests have been held incessantly following the decision of the CT. On 27 January 2021, the text of the illegal Constitutional Court statement was published in the Journal of Laws which means its formal entry into force of the READ MORE

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WE CALL ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO DEFEND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS IN POLAND

The Federation, together with other NGOs in the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice, joined several international NGOs and signed a letter to the Commisioners of the EC: V. Jurova, H. Dalli, D. Reynders expressing concerns about the recent developments and continued and persistent attacks against the rule of law and human rights in Poland. We requested the EC to expand the scope of the ongoing procedure under Article 7 of the TEU on Poland READ MORE

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FUNDAMENTALIST PROPAGANDA AGAINST SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN POLAND

This short article is a brief summary of the recent mobilisation of the conservatives in Poland against the attempts to provide crumbs of sexuality education in Polish schools. With the beginning of the new school year 2020/2021 the activities of Ordo Iuris[1] (ultraconservative think tank) in the field of parents’ involvement in the education of pupils in schools got enhanced. These activities target the obvious enemy to their world order which are the LGBT+ people/organisations READ MORE

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SRHR in Poland during the Covid-19 pandemic – update on the worrying legislative “developments”

April 2020: Parliamentary debate on 2 legislative proposals quasi totally banning abortion and sexuality education In the midst of coronavirus pandemic, the Polish Sejm decided to proceed with the 1st reading of the two controversial legislatives proposals. The reading took place on 15-16 of April, while the free movement of persons and the freedom of assembly were gravely limited. Due to public health grounds protests against the bills could not happen on the streets. Both READ MORE

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Fighting drastic anti-choice banners. Case study: Poland

The anti-choice organizations in Poland are becoming more and more visible in the public sphere with their drastic images which instrumentalize dismembered fetuses to distort the truth about abortion. The Right to Life Foundation has been presenting its manipulative exhibition since 2005, but it was not until the elections in 2015 that they could extend its scope of action. The Right to Life Foundation and The Life and Family Foundation were given a green light READ MORE

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ARROW for Change – The Right to Choose

The decision and choice on whether to have children, when to have them, how many children to have and in what intervals, belongs to and is the sole right of a woman. No woman should be forced to continue a pregnancy against her will or face life, health or legal risks as a result of wanting or having an abortion. Women’s right to abortion is rooted in international human rights standards, which guarantee the rights READ MORE

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Joint submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Federation for Women and Family Planning, TUS Foundation, Strefa Wenus z Milo Association, Elektrownia Inspiracji Foundation, Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Kobiecych/Association of Women Initiatives and Agnieszka Wołowicz respectfully present this submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advance of its review of Poland’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The submission addresses concerns regarding women with disabilities’ enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights and raises questions READ MORE

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“Suffocating the Movement – Shrinking space for women’s rights”

Increasing fundamentalism, conservatism and traditional values started suffocating the women’s movement. Women were physically prevented from moving freely and women’s organisations were threatened and harassed. The shrinking space for civil society organisations has a negative impact on all organisations, but it hits women’s organisations particularly hard. In patriarchal societies, women are excluded from decision-making arenas, so their fight for influence and to secure women’s rights takes place within the civil society. The Federation for Women READ MORE

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Conformism, contempt & conceit – voting on abortion-related bills in the Polish Parliament

10/01 will be remembered as another day when Polish women were betrayed by people who were given mandate to represent their citizens. Citizens and their legislative initiative. Polish MPs have rejected  the “Save women” bill and referred to the committee  the “Stop abortion” bill. We thought we hit rock bottom, then the anti-choice majority knocked from down below. 80 pro-choice organizations have appealed to the MPs for a fact-based, open-minded and genuine debate in the READ MORE

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#25YearsOfWomen’sHell – 25th disgraceful anniversary of the Polish anti-abortion law

7th January 1993 Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination (later: the Act) has had a detrimental effect on women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights  for 25 years. Due to the anniversary and upcoming debates about two abortion-related citizens’ bills[1] in the Parliament, the Federation for Women and Family Planning has launched  the  #25YearsOfWomen’sHell campaign so as to illustrate  the  fictional character of the Act and its multiple READ MORE

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Attempts to use the non-sovereign Constitutional Tribunal in order to restrict women’s rights to legal abortion

A group of extremist MPs, mainly from the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) and Kukiz’15, submitted a motion challenging the constitutionality of one of the cases, which allows for abortion according to The Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Permissibility of Abortion Act. MPs claim that the right to abortion in case of a severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the foetus’s life interferes with other constitutional values READ MORE

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“Save Women” bill with 500 000 signatures submitted to the Polish Parliament

On October, 23 the “Save Women” Civic Committee has tabled almost 500 000 signatures collected under the bill on women’s rights and conscious parenthood. The lower chamber has now three months to initiate debate on the draft legislation. It is on the ruling party if it will be sent to further proceeding – as promised in the election campaign, or if it will be rejected – as the practice up to now shows.   The READ MORE

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Polish Government to Limit Access to the Morning-After Pill

The Polish government wants to restrict access to emergency contraception. A governmental draft law approved on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 states that hormonal contraceptives will be available on prescription only, should the draft bill be discussed and adopted by the parliament. Since 2015, based on a decision of the European Commission, the morning-after pill ellaOne has been available over the counter all over the country. Research conducted by Millward Brown among pharmacists shows that 84 READ MORE