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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - Poland: Abortion a right to reclaim (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:49:53 +0200

The women of Poland retained their right to abortion already reduced to almost nothing and almost impossible to practice despite an attempt by the Church to remove it entirely. This is not really a victory. ---- Polish women took to the streets in October to protect their already very thin right to abortion against an attempt to ban it completely. Yet this fundamental right of women has not always been absent from the country. Thus, from 1955 to 1993, abortion was free and open. From 1989 to 1993, fundamentalists cathos parties and the Church attempted several times to ban do. And it almost succeeded. After blackmail the Church threatening not to support the ultra-liberal reforms, the parliament passed the ban in January 1993. After several attempts to overcome improvements right catho, women suffer permanently since 1996 one of the most restrictive laws in Europe. Abortion is only permitted in the case of malformation of the fetus of a threat to the life or health of the woman or rape, including rape by incest, is the origin of the pregnancy.

Between 100,000 and 150,000 clandestine abortions

There are hundreds of legal abortions each year, access remains difficult because of the Catholic lobbying. Feminist organizations encrypt the number of clandestine abortions between 100,000 and 150,000, mostly in neighboring countries with more favorable legislation.

In the spring of this year, some bishops took a stand for a total ban, followed by a movement of citizens and reactionary citizens who proposed a law prohibiting abortion except in cases of danger to the life of the mother. The project has collected enough signatures to be presented to Parliament which agreed to get him into the voting process.

The first manifestations of women had begun in May, a day of strikes and demonstrations was the highlight the "Black Monday" (because women have shown dressed in black) on 3 October. Parliament rejected the bill on 6 and thus cut short the debate, once opened, will be closed with the liberalization of abortion rights. The most reactionary little lost, abortion remains inaccessible in Poland, and they are already preparing other projects such as the prohibition of medical termination of pregnancy in case of fetal malformation. The First Minister announced the increase of allocations for selecting families raising children with disabilities or women choosing to complete a dangerous pregnancy.

Women have gained nothing, the battle remains to be done in a Europe whose leaders have nothing but contempt for this right is not enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Christine (AL Orne)

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