Polish lawmakers defeat proposal to further limit abortion

On Thursday, Polish lawmakers listened to tens of thousands of women who had taken to the streets in protest this week, and rejected a proposed law make all abortions illegal by a 352-58 vote.

Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in European Union, allowing the procedure only in cases of rape, incest, when the mother’s health is in danger, or where the fetus is extremely unhealthy. The proposed law would have criminalized abortion under any circumstance and punished women seeking abortions, and doctors who performed them, with five years in jail.

In the wake of the rejection, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that her government will work to protect human life in other ways, including increased budget spending on families with disabled children, and launching a campaign to “promote the protection of life.” READ MORE.