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Polish women face uphill battle to access abortion during pandemic

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“Polish women seeking to get an abortion have been doubly burdened in recent months by the Constitutional Court’s decision to ban abortion in cases of foetal malformation, but also (and especially) by the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelling abroad to terminate unwanted pregnancies while many restrictions are still in place has been more challenging than ever.”

Polish women seeking to get an abortion have been doubly burdened in recent months by the Constitutional Court’s decision to ban abortion in cases of foetal malformation, but also (and especially) by the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelling abroad to terminate unwanted pregnancies while many restrictions are still in place has been more challenging than ever…

Three months before the pandemic, Abortion Without Borders, an initiative to help Polish women access abortion, was born. This grouping of pro-choice collectives and organisations brings together two Polish entities (Kobiety w Sieci, Abortion Dream Team) and four organisations based in the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany (Abortion Support Network, Abortion Network Amsterdam, Women Help Women, Ciocia Basia).

“We have helped thousands of people during the pandemic. Among those people only two or three were prevented from getting an abortion because of COVID-19. It’s actually just one more obstacle. But we had someone who had her flight cancelled 6 times!” says Mara Clarke, founder of the Abortion Support Network, a U.K. charity that facilitates (and funds if necessary) abortions for Polish women abroad – among other EU citizens denied abortion rights.

The pro-choice campaigner points out that only two Polish women were unable to have an abortion during the pandemic: one could not see herself travelling abroad with her child, whom she was unable to keep; the other was in a car accident and could not reach the U.K. until the 22nd week. “For us, the scariest thing is the people who think it’s impossible and don’t call us.”

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