A new regulation that came into force in Poland on Saturday requiring pregnancy information to be uploaded to the national digital system has raised fears among women’s organizations that this could be another way for the Conservative government to control women’s lives. Women’s groups suggest the Health Ministry regulations would allow authorities to monitor pregnancies as another means of control in the country with a very strict anti-abortion law. The ministry had denied this, saying the regulations stemmed from European Union directives and would help doctors treat patients by providing them with vital information quickly. “In today’s Poland, every change related to reproduction, and especially when it requires the collection of sensitive personal information, is met with suspicion of bad intentions,” says Krystyna Kacpura, head of FEDERA, Women and Family Planning Foundation.
FEDERA called on women to remain calm but remain vigilant about the regulations commonly referred to as the “pregnancy registry”. Under Poland’s right-wing government, abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy threatens the woman’s health or results from a crime such as rape. or incest. Women are not penalized for abortions, only those who perform or attend them.
A provision allowing the abortion of fetuses with genetic defects has been declared unconstitutional by a high court, the Constitutional Court, whose rulings often conform to the views of the ruling party.
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