Poland and abortion – what is going on?

Polish lawmakers began examining a bill that would effectively ban abortion, reopening a sensitive debate in the deeply Catholic nation. (WSJ)

The governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which controls parliament, has sent to committee a bill that would allow terminations only if the mother’s life was at risk, and increase the maximum jail term for practitioners from two years to five. (The Guardian)

Pro-life activists backed by the Catholic Church are urging the government to carry out an almost complete crackdown on abortions by allowing the operation only when it’s necessary to save a woman’s life. (Russia Today)

A pro-abortion campaign called “Save Women” collected about 215,000 signatures for an opposing citizen-led bill that would legalize abortion on demand up until 12 weeks of pregnancy, Radio Poland reports. In contrast, the pro-life bill has about 450,000 signatures, according to the report. (Life)