From Abortion on Demand to its Criminalization: the Case of Poland in the 1990s

  • Dominic Standish


During the 1990s women in Poland have faced a tough battle for one of the most basic rights necessary to control their lives in a society where contraception is not used by around 40 per cent of the population: access to abortion. They went from a situation where abortion was almost available on demand until the end of the 1980s, to its being virtually illegal in 1993. By the end of 1996 the law was partially liberalized, although the issue is still the subject of conflict.


Family Planning Legal Abortion Parliamentary Election Polish Woman Communist Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic Standish
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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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