Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws.

Thousands of people in Poland protested the death of a 30-year-old mother who died of sepsis 22 weeks into her pregnancy. The protests prompted government officials to propose new bills allowing abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. 
By Erin Pedersen
Slide 1 - Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws (source_ Shutterstock)

What Happened?

On November 6th, 2022, thousands of people in Poland protested against the former Prime Minister and the death of a 30-year-old mother who died of sepsis 22 weeks into her pregnancy. (Source: BBC News)

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Slide 2 - Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws (Source_ Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS)
Source: Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
Slide 3 - Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws (Source_ The Krakow Post)
Source: The Krakow Post

Events Prompting Change.

Former Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, blamed women excessively drinking for the country’s low birthrate causing women to speak out in protests. In addition, care was delayed for a mother because doctors feared breaking Poland’s restrictive abortion laws and resulting in her death. (Source: BBC News)

A New Bill.

In October 2023, there will be a vote for a new bill allowing legal abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. (Source: Taipei Times)

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Slide 4 - Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws (Source_ The Krakow Post)
Source: The Krakow Post

“We want our rights, our rights to our own bodies, back. The right to abortion is a fundamental human right. It has a direct impact on women’s life and health.”

— Ola Wlodarczyk,
A protester in Central Warsaw

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Slide 5 - Protests in Poland Call for New Abortion Laws (source_ Aleksandra Szmigiel_REUTERS)

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