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Please support our fight for Reproductive rights of women in Poland

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antimatter Thu 29-Sep-16 22:33:34

I am posting here and did so in Chat as well. If you agree with me that this new law is inhuman please sign petitions which I linked at the bottom of this post.

I am Polish, I wanted to tell you what is happening in seemingly democratic Poland right now. We have been organising events, protests and writing to every organisation we can think of.
Here's us on Saturday in London where we protested together with RepealThe8th
One of my friends went to Geneva to present the case at UN yesterday.
More are travelling to Strasburg next week to present our case at the EU parliament.

Here are more of details we put together....
A new barbaric anti-choice law has just been passed to the next stage by the parliamentary body in Poland!
Polish parliament has voted it through to the commission stage by overwhelming majority.

The bill is labelled the ‘Stop Abortion’ but it in fact infringes on ALL of the FUNDAMENTAL REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS of women in Poland, not just abortion access, but also including access to contraception, sexual education and prenatal care!

It also changes the language of reproductive law in Poland to explicitly anti-choice language. According to this bill, life begins with the creation of the zygote (fertilized egg) - not even an embryo! - and so anyone who does anything, intentionally or unintentionally, to stop the zygote from being implanted in the uterus, might be liable to prosecution. Which means, in practice, that some forms contraception would effectively be outlawed, as they work by interrupting this process (like the morning after pill).

Conducting prenatal testing would effectively become impossible if this law comes into life due to the legal implications for doctors. Doctors would be liable to prosecution under the new law if they unintentionally cause a miscarriage, which would mean they would most likely decide not to do those at all!

It is notable that in the notes that accompany the bill, that are supposed to be justifying the bill, there are, next to citations from the Constitution of Poland and from the Constitution Commission, a couple of quotes from the Pope.

I can go on and on and give you more details. If you feel what the ultra Catholic government is trying to do is wrong please sign petitions:
If you re Polish or know anyone who is they can sign this one before 03/10

singingsixpence82 Fri 30-Sep-16 03:17:47

God, that sounds horrendous. So sorry that you are having to fight so hard to try to stop it. I'll go and sign the petitions...

WinchesterWoman Fri 30-Sep-16 03:32:25

Thank you for the links. I will sign.

TyrionLannisterforKing Fri 30-Sep-16 03:33:06

What a horrible thing. Thank you for posting this - I live in a very patriarcal country where abortion has yet to be legalised, and I am glad my name can help put a stop to this in Poland.

I wish you, and all Poles, the best of luck.

antimatter Fri 30-Sep-16 08:40:53

Thanks a lot. Please share this info with people. Not many know what has been happening.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Fri 30-Sep-16 09:26:47

Thanks for the link. Will sign.

Xenophile Fri 30-Sep-16 10:39:38

Ugh, someone no doubt a forced birther got the chat thread moved to petitions.

ThymeLord Fri 30-Sep-16 12:19:32

I wondered where it had gone. That really roasts my chestnuts angry

OneFlewOverTheDodosNest Fri 30-Sep-16 13:39:39

Um why the hell was it moved out of chat? This is a really, really incredibly important issue. Can we start a new thread in chat that talks about it and then happen to mention there's a petition in the first post after the OP?

Lottapianos Fri 30-Sep-16 13:41:52

Good for you OP. Its a dreadful situation. Dragging society back to the dark ages like this should not be tolerated in an EU member state. Looking at Ireland too. I will sign

antimatter Fri 30-Sep-16 14:14:06

Thank you all for your support!

here's the map of Strike locations for Monday 03/10

Also more in English including press release

ThymeLord Fri 30-Sep-16 19:43:58

I should imagine forced birthers reported the thread. Nice and easy to miss hidden away in petitions angry

WinchesterWoman Fri 30-Sep-16 21:44:58


LassWiTheDelicateAir Fri 30-Sep-16 22:02:37

This has been moved from Chat? That is disgraceful. This part of the site gets far less traffic.

HumphreyCobblers Fri 30-Sep-16 22:12:03

have signed now, thanks for the link

ThymeLord Fri 30-Sep-16 22:17:58

I think the longer thread in chat has been moved to petitions Lass

antimatter Fri 30-Sep-16 22:48:24

longer chat (almost identical to this one) was indeed moved from Chat

FreshwaterSelkie Sun 02-Oct-16 08:24:38

That's horrendous, OP. I'm standing in solidarity with you. I've signed and I will share the petition.

antimatter Sun 02-Oct-16 13:39:58

Thank you!

A vigil tomorrow in front of Polish Embassy 6:30-7:30PM

Xenophile Mon 03-Oct-16 20:34:53

The solidarity between Polish women throughout the world has been beautiful to see. I hope the Polish Govt listens to the voices of those women.

Buunychops Tue 04-Oct-16 10:30:30

This is horrific!

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 04-Oct-16 10:34:31

I work with some amazing Polish women teachers in the summer months, and yesterday they were protesting.


RustyParker Tue 04-Oct-16 22:54:39

Signed and shared on fb

Felascloak Thu 06-Oct-16 22:14:47

Just saw on another thread that the proposals got massively overturned by the Polish parliament. MPs were given food for thought by the protests on Monday. Amazing news.

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