On 22 October 2020, the Polish government ruled in favour of a near total ban on abortions – even though the country already had one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. The ban would apply to cases of severe fetal anomaly which account for 98% of abortions carried out in Poland.
The controversial court ruling sparked the largest protests the country has seen since the fall of communism in 1989.
To learn more about what is happening in Poland, Eszter Kismődi, SRHM Chief Executive, spoke to Wanda Nowicka, Polish activist and politician.
Wanda Nowicka is currently a Member of the Polish Parliament and Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Women’s Rights. She is the cofounder and President of the Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning – the leading prochoice NGO advocating for SRHR in Poland and internationally. (Currently she is the Honorary President of the Federation). She is also the cofounder of ASTRA – Central and East European Women’s Network for SRHR.