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Poland: Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters face-off in front of parliament01:49

Poland: Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters face-off in front of parliament

Poland, Warsaw
September 22, 2016 at 18:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of anti-abortion protesters confronted pro-choice campaigners in front of Polish parliament in Warsaw on Thursday. Two proposals dealing with abortion laws are being discussed in the Sejm, the lower chamber of parliament.

One proposal, drafted by the "Stop Abortion" committee, suggests a full ban on abortions. The other, drafted by the "Save Women" committee, backs a bill that would allow a termination up until the 12th week of pregnancy.

Pro-life demonstrators waved placards reading 'Yes to Life'. Among the attendees was a Catholic priest, who took to the microphone to perform an 'exorcism' on the pro-choice protesters. A large number of police officers were deployed to the scene to keep the groups separate. No incidents were reported.

In March, the Polish Catholic Church Episcopate called on parliamentarians to vote for a full ban on abortion. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that she was in favour of a ban. At present abortions are only permitted when the mother's life is in danger, in cases of rape or incest, or if the foetus has medical deformities.

Polish Parliament began discussing the proposals on September 22.

Poland: Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters face-off in front of parliament01:49
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Dozens of anti-abortion protesters confronted pro-choice campaigners in front of Polish parliament in Warsaw on Thursday. Two proposals dealing with abortion laws are being discussed in the Sejm, the lower chamber of parliament.

One proposal, drafted by the "Stop Abortion" committee, suggests a full ban on abortions. The other, drafted by the "Save Women" committee, backs a bill that would allow a termination up until the 12th week of pregnancy.

Pro-life demonstrators waved placards reading 'Yes to Life'. Among the attendees was a Catholic priest, who took to the microphone to perform an 'exorcism' on the pro-choice protesters. A large number of police officers were deployed to the scene to keep the groups separate. No incidents were reported.

In March, the Polish Catholic Church Episcopate called on parliamentarians to vote for a full ban on abortion. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that she was in favour of a ban. At present abortions are only permitted when the mother's life is in danger, in cases of rape or incest, or if the foetus has medical deformities.

Polish Parliament began discussing the proposals on September 22.

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