July 7, 2011. (Romereports.com)
A proposal that would ban all abortions in Poland, was approved in its initial round. It still has to go through the senate, but supporters say it's an important first step.
Currently, women can legally have an abortion if the unborn child is diagnosed with a serious condition, if the mother has severe health problems or if the pregnancy came from “illegal activity.” Critics say, doctors who perform abortions often ignore these rules, using loopholes to get by system.
If the proposal is approved in its next stages, those three conditions would be eliminated, making all abortions illegal.
To bring the measure to the table 100,000 signatures had to be collected in three months. Supporters exceeded expectations by gathering 600,000 signatures in only two weeks.
Once the measure goes through the lower chamber, it will move to the senate.