Women and girls’ rights

It’s a funny thing; Amnesty International used to get it. It used to know that abortion rights are a women’s issue.

Help women and girls in Poland fight dangerous new restrictions on abortion

Women and girls’ rights are under attack right now in Poland. 

Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.  Abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, if the woman’s life is in danger or in cases of severe or fatal foetal impairment.

Act now to support the rights of women and girls in Poland. Sign the petition to call on the President and Polish Parliament to reject further restrictions to the abortion law. 

I can’t find a date on that one but it’s this year because it cites the court ruling from this year. But this news release is dated: October 22. Just 12 days ago AI still knew that it’s women and girls who need abortion rights.

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling to invalidate the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life” (1) will further harm women and girls and violates their human rights, Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch said today.

Women and girls. They could say it 12 days ago. Why can’t they say it today? What happened?

Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch sent independent expert monitors to observe the hearing of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and to analyze the decision.

“Today’s judgement puts the health and lives of women in Poland at great risk and violates Poland’s obligations under international human rights treaties to refrain from retrogressive measures that roll-back women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health care,” said Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Poland must act now to bring its law into line with other EU member states and legalize abortion on a woman’s request or broad social grounds, and guarantee women’s full and effective access to care in situations where women’s physical or mental health is at risk.”

Women woman women. They can say it. They know how.

Say. the. word.

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