Poland postpones determination to amend abortion legislation

Poland postpones determination to amend abortion legislation

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Legislation to tighten abortion laws in Poland has been pushed back.

The bill has been sent back to a parliamentary committee for further review, the Guardian reports, to protect unborn babies from disability-selective abortion.

Poland already has strict abortion laws, but the legislation would try to further restrict the conditions for termination by banning abortions due to serious fetal anomalies.

They are currently allowed for these reasons, as are abortions after rape or incest, or when the mother's life is at risk.

President Andrzej Duda previously spoke of his support for the bill, saying earlier this month that "killing disabled children is simply murder".

He vowed to sign the law when it was passed by parliament.

Legislation was brought to Parliament under a regulation that requires lawmakers to review any citizens' initiative that receives over 100,000 signatures.

The citizens' initiative, which called for stricter abortion regulations, was supported by over 830,000 Polish residents.

Surveys indicate strong support for pro-life laws in Poland. A CBOS survey found that three quarters of Poles believe abortion is "always wrong and can never be justified", while only 7 percent believe that "there is nothing wrong with it and (it) could always be justified".

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