LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Joint statement: Polish Parliament should reject bill to limit abortion rights

The Polish Parliament is debating a draft bill entitled “Stop Abortion.” If adopted, this legislation will severely limit the already restricted grounds on which women can lawfully access abortion in Poland.

Over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe, including ILGA-Europe, made a statement today and called on Poland’s Parliament to listen to the voices of women in Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights.

The bill will place women’s health and lives at risk and violate Poland’s international human rights obligations, the groups said.

Prohibiting women from accessing safe, legal abortion violates a number of human rights enshrined in international law, including the rights to life, health and health care, nondiscrimination and equality, privacy, and freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Please click here to read the full statement and the signatories.