Poland Abortion Ban

Health
Polish women are seeking abortions in Berlin after being denied in their country
Polish women are seeking abortions in Berlin after being denied in their country
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Since the Polish court put a near-total-ban on a law that allowed abortion in cases of severe fetal anomalies there has been a noticeable increase in calls to German charities.

One of them being the charity group "Ciocia Basia" located in Berlin who helps and supports Polish women who want to follow through with an abortion in Germany. A volunteer reported that there has been drastic inflation of calls from Polish women who had an abortion planned in Poland but are now not finding a doctor who is willing to treat them. Women who, if the verdict goes through, will be forced to deliver a sick baby and maybe even put their own life at risk.

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Abortion ban in Poland delayed following nationwide protests
Abortion ban in Poland delayed following nationwide protests
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The Polish government has delayed the implementation of the new restricted access to abortion following a court ruling.

The head of the prime minister’s office, Michał Dworczyk, has stated that "there is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation, which is difficult and stirs high emotions" following continued protests.

Law
Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
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Following Poland's Constitutional Court decision of banning abortions in cases of fetal defects, protestors and human rights organizations keep gathering in several cities to protest the ruling. Abortion became lawful only when the mother's life is at risk or in cases of rape or incest. Protests have been ongoing since the ruling on October 22.