More than 30,000 Polish women sought illegal or foreign abortions since law change last year
The Guardian says at least 34,000 women in Poland are known to have sought abortions illegally or abroad since the country introduced a near total ban on terminations a year ago.
According to Abortion Without Borders (AWB), an organisation that helps women access safe abortion services, more than 1,000 Polish women have sought second-trimester abortions in foreign clinics since the country passed draconian new laws.
AWB said its figures are likely to just be a snapshot of the true number of Polish women seeking illegal or foreign abortions in the past year. NGOs have estimated that 80 to 200,000 women a year sought illegal abortions under Poland’s old abortion laws, which still tightly restricted the conditions under which women could seek terminations.
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