UN agencies supporting women’s rights have been asked today to send "a strong signal” to governments around the world by passing a resolution at this year's UN General Assembly in September to make International Safe Abortion Day an official UN day. An Open Letter was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of UN Women, UN Development Programme, World Health Organization, UN Population Fund, UN Children’s Fund, UNAIDS, and UNESCO today.
Alternative Report to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is already available on United Nation's webiste. Report submitted by the Polish informal coalition for the CCPR for consideration of the UN Human Rights Committee was prepared by Federation for Women and Family Planning and other organizations such as:
Polish Society of Antidiscrimination Law (coordinator of the report works)
Open Republic – Association against anti-Semitism and xenophobia
Campaign Against Homophobia
A draft seeking to liberalise Poland's abortion laws prepared by the "Save the Women" Legislative Initiative Committee reached the Sejm (lower house) on 4th of August. The committee collected 215 000 signatures under the draft. Few weeks ago a citizen's anti-abortion bill completely banning abortion and making it punishable by a prison term reached the Sejm. Both draft laws will be debated in polish parliament in autumn.
On the 5th of July the anti-choice “Stop Abortion” Committee submitted to the Polish parliament the draft law aiming to introduce a total ban on abortion with over 450,000 citizen signatures. This mass anti-choice mobilization is just another example of the backlash against women’s rights in Central and Eastern Europe. Marta Szostak from Astra gave us an insight into the regional anti-SRHR dynamics and its consequences for the European and global processes.
On the 5th of July the anti-choice “Stop Abortion” Committee submitted to the Polish parliament the draft law aiming to introduce a total ban on abortion with over 450,000 citizen signatures. As consequence of such a law we are going to face another attempt of limiting women’s reproductive rights. It means not only the human rights of women and girls will be violated, but also their life and health will be endangered.