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1st June 2017, 16:22:17 UTC

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda must not approve regressive legislation that will limit access to emergency contraception for women and girls, said Amnesty International after the Senate approved the bill today.

“Restricting access to the ‘morning after pill’ will have devastating consequences for women and girls living in a country which already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Compounded by the so-called ‘conscience clause’, which allows doctors to refuse treatment on religious grounds, it will place new obstacles in the way of those in need of emergency contraception. These obstacles may prove insurmountable for teenagers and those in remote, rural areas, and will have a particularly catastrophic impact on rape survivors,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.