Thousands of women in Poland went abroad for abortion. Since Poland’s almost complete ban on abortion last year, at least 34,000 women seeking to terminate their pregnancy have traveled abroad or resorted to illegal methods.
Since the far-right Law and Justice Party (PiS) ruling in Poland on January 28, 2021 issued a decision from the Constitutional Court for the abortion ban, which was not passed by the parliament in 2016, women have had difficulties in accessing health care.
According to the Abortion Without Borders movement, which helps women seeking safe abortion, at least 34,000 Polish women have resorted to illegal methods or have had to travel abroad since January, when abortion was almost outlawed. According to the AWB, these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.
It was known that according to the strict abortion laws in the past, at least 80 to 200,000 women a year had to choose these methods in order to have abortions. Women in Poland who want to access abortion service to terminate their pregnancy go to England, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the country’s border neighbor the Czech Republic.
It was stated that due to the law in force in the country until January last year, approximately 1000 abortions were performed annually. In Poland, only rape and termination of pregnancy will be legally permitted if the mother’s health is at risk.
In Poland, where the abortion ban has been enforced strictest since 1993, the almost complete ban on abortion drew reactions from many quarters in the country, and women went on national strike in dozens of cities and thousands of women in Poland went abroad for abortion..