Briefing 
 

Parliament to discuss the de facto ban on abortion in Poland 

In a debate on Tuesday morning, MEPs are likely to condemn the rollback on abortion rights in Poland following the entry into force of the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling.

MEPs are set to condemn the highly restrictive law, which effectively bans abortion in Poland, as an attack on fundamental rights, the rule of law and core EU values. A woman’s right to make decisions about her own pregnancy without being prosecuted should not be deemed unconstitutional in any EU country, MEPs are likely to add. They are also expected to express their support and solidarity with protesters who took to the streets to denounce these restrictions, and to condemn the disproportionate use of force against the peaceful demonstrators.


Background


In October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal outlawed abortion in cases of serious malformation of the foetus, deeming it "incompatible" with the Constitution. This ruling passed into law on 27 January, prohibiting all abortions in Poland except in cases of rape and incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.


Procedure: Council and Commission statements, without resolution

Debate: Tuesday, 9 February