On Tuesday, the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, rejected a bill aiming to restrict abortion laws at its initial reading.
In December of last year, Kaja Godek, the leader of the Life and Family Foundation and an anti-abortion activist, filed a bill to the Sejm. This bill proposed various measures, one of which included penalties for the public promotion of abortion in Poland as well as overseas.
The proposed new laws were voted down in a 300-to-99 vote with 27 abstentions.
In Poland, abortion is only legal if the pregnancy puts the woman’s life or health in danger, or if the pregnancy was the result of a criminal act such as sexual assault or incest.