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Polish Government limits access to emergency contraception

On May 25th the Polish Government voted in favour of limiting access to emergency contraception violating women’s reproductive rights few months after the “Black Protest”.

The draft proposal was put forward by the ruling Law and Justice party and accepted for further works in February this year. Besides issues focusing on patient’s access to medicines it also aimed to make all contraception, including emergency contraception, available only on prescription from doctor.

242 Members of Parliament voted in favour of this ruling, including all representatives from the Law and Justice party who have a majority in the Parliament, 188 against and 9 abstained from voting. 21 did not attend the session.

Czytaj więcej: Polish Government limits access to emergency contraception

The Federation’s commentary to the Polish Government’s Report within the UPR 2017

On 9 May 2017 the government of Poland presented a report in front of the UN Human Rights Council within the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) regarding the observance of human rights in Poland and the realization of i.a. the Universal Human Rights Declaration. During the 27th session of the UPR as many as five states (Slovenia, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) recommended that Poland guarantees access to safe and legal abortion. Additionally, Slovenia recommended that Poland provides comprehensive sexuality education.

Czytaj więcej: The Federation’s commentary to the Polish Government’s Report within the UPR 2017

The Great Coalition for Equality and Choice

The Great Coalition for Equality and Choice was established as a reaction to the offensive of anti-women groups. The draft regulations directly threatening the life and health of women, restricting access to emergency contraception, frightening doctors in their work places, the shocking billboard campaigns, the fight against comprehensive sexuality education, as well as the systemic weakening of the protection of women against domestic violence. These facts call for our active and organized resistance. The need of a unified voice of women is today a matter of course.

The Coalition consists of over eighty organizations and groups from all over Poland. We draw our strength from the two-hundred-years old tradition of female political and civic activities that the Coalition proudly joins. We have a capital of knowledge, practical NGO experience, and finally – the social energy of the pro-women’s rights protests of 2016 and 2017.

Czytaj więcej: The Great Coalition for Equality and Choice

International Women’s Day 2017: Polish Women Strike and Protest Again

Following last October’s Black Protest and as part of the International Women’s Strike in over 80 Polish cities women took to the streets to protest against violating their rights.

Polish women demanded among others: access to safe and legal abortion, free modern contraception including over-the-counter emergency contraception, and to the newest generation of prenatal testing, state-subsidized in vitro fertilization, and maintenance of the postnatal care standards.

Czytaj więcej: International Women’s Day 2017: Polish Women Strike and Protest Again

Statement of the Federation and SRI for Human Rights Council

Today on 34th session of the Human Rights Council Federation for Women and Family Planning, in collaboration with Sexual Rights Initiative, provided a statement on the on the Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.

Read Krystyna Kacpura's, director of Federation for Women and Family Planning, statement here.