Saturday, January 30, 2021
January 29, 2021
Major protests continue in Poland following the implementation of a court decision banning abortion in almost all cases.
Prior to the court’s ruling Poland already had one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Under a 1993 law, abortion was only allowed in cases where pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or endangered the pregnant person’s life and in cases of severe fetal disabilities. In October, the Constitutional Court prohibited abortions in cases of severe fetal disability, holding that “an unborn child is a human being” entitled to protection under Poland’s constitution
In 2019, fewer than 2,000 legal abortions occurred in Poland, and 98% of those abortions occurred under the fetal disability exception. It is estimated that 200,000 Polish women obtain illegal abortions or travel out of the country to obtain the procedure each year.
When the court’s decision was announced in October, it set off a month of protests, resulting in a delay in implementing the decision. On Wednesday, the government finally published the decision, perhaps anticipating that extreme cold weather and COVID-19 restrictions would decrease protests. Friday marked the third consecutive day of protests.
According to the BBC, opinion polls indicate that the majority of Poles oppose increasing restrictions on abortion. In 2016, attempts to tighten restrictions through legislation met with strong opposition and large scale protests. As an alternative to passing legislation, conservative members of Parliament filed a court case challenging the 1993 abortion law correctly anticipating a ruling in their favor from the Constitutional Court where the majority of judges were nominated by Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Jan. 26, 2021 (Elle): I Thought I Knew Everything About Miscarriages Until I Had One Myself, by Amanda Allen:
Reproductive rights lawyer Amanda Allen writes:
I’ve been an attorney in the reproductive rights field for 12 years. I thought I knew everything about pregnancies and the ways they end: The statistics about pregnancy loss. The term “miscarriage management.” All of my options if the miscarriage didn’t happen on its own. But nothing could prepare me for how drawn-out and painful miscarrying would actually be.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Jan. 15, 2021 (AA.com): Argentine president signs abortion bill into law, by Bala Chambers:
Thursday, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez signed a law permitting abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Prior to the passage of the law, abortions were only permitted in cases of rape or when the pregnancy posed a danger to the pregnant person's life. During the signing ceremony, President Fernandez stated:
"Today is a day of happiness for all, because we are making a more egalitarian and just society and we did it together. For me, it is a day of happiness and something more because I kept my word. I campaigned saying that I was going to work for this law, and today we achieved it," said Fernandez.
"Today for many women it is the culmination of a time of struggle. For many years, they fought for abortion to stop being a crime.”