The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted a decision that “strongly condemns” Poland’s latest tightening of abortion guidelines and urges the federal government to “chorus from any additional makes an attempt” to limit ladies’s sexual and reproductive well being rights.
A complete of 455 MEPs voted in favor of the decision (with 145 in opposition to) “on the de-facto ban on the suitable to abortion in Poland,” weeks after tens of millions of protesters took to the streets to protest a ruling from the nation’s Constitutional Tribunal that abortions for causes of fetal abnormality violate the Polish structure.
Thursday’s decision is non-binding, however MEPs need to put extra strain on the Polish authorities, which is already topic to four EU infringement procedures and an Article 7 procedure for passing reforms that undermine the independence of the judiciary.
The decision famous that the Polish ruling “places ladies’s well being and life in danger” and “fails to guard the inherent and inalienable dignity of ladies.” It “strongly urges the Polish parliament and authorities to chorus from any additional makes an attempt to limit women’ and ladies’s Sexual and Reproductive Well being Rights.”
It additionally describes the denial of ladies’s reproductive rights as “gender-based violence,” factors to the “as much as 30,000 Polish ladies” who fled the nation to get an abortion, the “concern and strain” put ahead by medical authorities who “want to not be related to abortion procedures,” and the “extremely restricted” entry to gynaecological care.
Poland already has one of the restrictive abortion legal guidelines in Europe.