Target: Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
Goal: Do not impose extreme restrictions on women’s right to abortions.
Poland is set to approve a series of draconian abortion restrictions that interfere with women’s rights to autonomy over their own bodies. Sign the petition and tell lawmakers not to impede women’s abilities to make their own decisions.
Abortion laws in Poland are already strict, with abortions being limited to cases involving rape, incest, severe health risk to the mother, or the possibility of miscarriage. The new laws would limit abortions only to circumstances in which a health professional felt that carrying a pregnancy to term would kill the mother. The danger must be immediate; in the words of one doctor, “If there is an ectopic pregnancy and bleeding, I can perform a termination. But if there is no bleeding—no immediate risk to life—I have to wait until she starts dying.” The law poses a risk to women’s health by eliminating the possibility of preemptive medical intervention, preventing the woman from getting help until the situation is dire and life-threatening.
Poland’s abortion laws have already come under criticism by the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the country’s handling of three separate abortion cases violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Tightening these already restrictive measures will only serve to further risk women’s health. Sign the petition and urge Poland not to restrict women’s access to safe abortions.
Dear President Duda,
I am writing to urge you not to pass legislation that would further restrict women’s access to safe abortions.
Women in Poland are already subject to a number of restrictive anti-abortion measures; the only acceptable circumstances under which a woman can currently seek an abortion are if the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, if the pregnancy carries a severe health risk for the mother, or if there is a high possibility of miscarriage. These laws have already garnered criticism from the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the handling of three separate abortion cases violated Poland’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Under the proposed law, women would only be able to get abortions if a health professional determines that their life is in immediate danger. Furthermore, doctors who perform abortions that are deemed to violate the law could face up to three years in prison, which may make doctors hesitant to perform abortions even when they are medically necessary. This severely curtails the ability of medical professionals to provide patients with preemptive healthcare, and it gravely endangers women’s health.
I urge you to preserve women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies and health. Do not curtail access to abortions.
[Your Name Here]
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