Or: A history of the Black Protest
2016 was a difficult year for women’s rights in Poland. We have one of the strictest abortion law in Europe, the so-called “abortion compromise”. It allows for the termination of pregnancy in three circumstances: (1) When the woman’s life or health is endangered by the continuation of pregnancy, (2) when the pregnancy is a result of a criminal act or (3) when the fetus is seriously malformed. However, in April 2016, anti-choice groups gathered around the Ordo Iuris Institute, proposed a bill called “Stop Abortion”. This bill would cause any termination of pregnancy entirely illegal, regardless of the circumstances, except for medical procedures performed when the life of the mother is directly threatened. Under this law, miscarriages would be investigated as suspected homicide, and women, when found guilty of terminating a pregnancy, might be sentenced to up to 5 years of imprisonment.