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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2021
Question for written answer  E-000862/2021
to the Council
Rule 138
Markéta Gregorová (Verts/ALE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Abortion rights for Polish women in other Member States 

According to Directive 2011/24/EU, citizens cannot receive reimbursement for the cost of medical treatment in another Member State if the treatment is not covered in their Member State of affiliation. Similarly, under Regulation No 883/2004, a Member State may refuse authorisation for treatment if it cannot be given in the Member State in which the citizen resides. Every year, around 120 000 Polish women are forced to get an abortion abroad at their own expense and put their health at risk, and this number is expected to rise due to increased restrictions in Poland.

1. Will the Council call on Member States to provide an official statement regarding the provision of free and legal abortion to Polish women?

2. Will it encourage Member States to provide free and legal abortion, including medical aftercare, to Polish women, as is the case in Sweden?

3. Will it provide sufficient conditions and adequate funding for Member States that allow Polish women to get a legal and free abortion?

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