Polish lawmakers on April 16 postponed a final decision on proposals to impose a near-total ban on abortion and criminalize school sex education in the predominantly Catholic country.
Lawmakers voted 375–68 to send the proposed abortion law to committees for further discussion, a process that could take months or even years.
Also a draft bill that would criminalize sex education in schools was sent to committees.
There was no decision on when, or whether, the draft laws would be reintroduced for a final vote.
Poland has some of Europe’s strictest anti-abortion laws, only allowing pregnancy terminations after rape or incest, if the mother’s life or health is threatened or if there is a fetal abnormality. (Associated Press)
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