By Matthew Day
Women who have abortions could be jailed for up to five years under a law backed by Polish MPs which would almost completely ban terminations even in cases of rape or incest.
On Friday the lower house of parliament in Warsaw rejected calls by pro-choice MPs to throw the bill out and allowed it to clear its first legislative hurdle by sending it to a committee phase for further reading.
At the same time MPs voted to strike down a bill proposed by a pro-choice group aiming to liberalise Poland’s already strict abortion laws. The current laws, dating back to 1993, only permit the process if the mother is in danger, the foetus deformed or the pregnancy is the result of a crime.
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