On 22 October, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the country’s abortion law is unconstitutional, specifically striking down the possibility for women to access abortion care on the ground of severe foetal impairment.
On 22 October, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal will rule on the constitutionality of the country’s abortion law. We are deeply concerned that this ruling will be the first threat to Polish citizens’ lives that is posed by the collapse of the rule of law in their country.
IPPF EN is very encouraged by a series of positive developments in recent days which show European decision-makers and public bodies supporting the reproductive freedom and safety of women and girls, and rejecting harmful obstacles to care.
Within the fourth package of “pandemic-related measures”, the Polish President signed a new law that changed the Criminal Penal Code so that up to 8 years prison sentences would be applied to those that perform abortions.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, bills banning abortion care in practice and endangering young people by criminalizing relationship and sexuality education are set to be voted in the Polish Sejm on 15 and 16 April 2020.