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Poland: Women 'have made history' in forcing abortion ban U-turn

London protest in solidarity with Polish women on Monday © Janusz ‘Kali’ Kaliszczak

Following the decision today by the Polish MP’s to reject a proposed amendment to their already restrictive abortion laws, Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said: 

“Women in Poland have made history today. This is a huge victory for the millions of women and girls who mobilised, showed their fury, and successfully blocked a law which would have taken away their rights and endangered their health.


“We salute all the inspirational women and girls who stood in the rain, raised their voices and went on strike on Monday to stand up for their rights.


“A woman who needs an abortion is not a criminal and decisions about her body and her health should never be placed in the hands of politicians.”



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