Poland protesters urge complete abortion ban Joshua Pantesco at 3:41 PM ET
[JURIST] Thousands of Polish citizens marched in Warsaw on Wednesday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to enact a complete ban on abortion. The opposition Civic Platform party [party website] is expected to block passage of the amendment when it comes to a vote in April. Poland's current 1993 abortion law [CRR backgrounder, PDF] is considered among the strictest in Europe, allowing abortions only if the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother; if a fetus has a potentially life-threatening condition; or if the pregnancy is the product of a crime, which is only permitted during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A two-thirds majority is needed to amend the Polish constitution [text]. AP has more.
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