Online abortion service, Women on Web, will provide free medical abortions for women with fetal indications in Poland.
25-10-2020 for immediate release
On October 22, 2020, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that the people of Poland will no longer be able to legally end their pregnancies in cases of severe fetal malformations. This decision places even greater limitations on Poland’s already strict abortion laws. In response, Women on Web will ensure that Polish women with fetal indications are able to obtain abortion pills for free, in an effort to protect their human rights. Women on Web already supports people with unwanted pregnancies in the first trimester for all reasons.
- The criminalization of abortion contributes to unsafe abortion, adversely impacts vulnerable and marginalized women, and inherently limits the rights of women to physical and psychological integrity, to dignity and worth as human beings, and to be free from all forms of discrimination. International human rights law supports the progressive decriminalization of abortion to protect the lives and health of women and to improve their quality of life.
- Given that any state action on abortion impacts on the human rights of women, international law sets limits on the state power to criminalize abortion based on principles of non-arbitrariness and proportionality.
- To ensure criminal abortion laws are non-arbitrary and proportionate, international human rights law requires as a minimum the decriminalization of abortion on the ground of risk of serious fetal malformation, and procedural protections to ensure safe and respectful access to services under this ground to the full extent of the law.