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Women's Rights in Poland

There seems to have been little of any interest happening in Poland recently. But came across this news item today, which might intrest others.

New Attack on Reproductive Rights in Poland

On Jan. 24, about 200 opponents of the so-called "Gowin Bill" protested in front of the Polish parliament, the Sejm. The Gowin Bill is yet another attack on reproductive rights, this time aimed at in vitro fertilization. The bill would make in vitro practically impossible.On Jan. 24, about 200 opponents of the so-called "Gowin Bill" protested in front of the Polish parliament, the Sejm. The Gowin Bill is yet another attack on reproductive rights, this time aimed at in vitro fertilization.

The bill would make in vitro practically impossible.

Written by Jaroslaw Gowin of the ruling Civic Platform party, the bill contains many scandalous ideas. According to it, women would not be able to use sperm from anybody other than her husband and would not be able to use eggs from anybody but herself. It wouldn't allow women to freeze sperm or eggs, meaning that if a woman's in vitro did not succeed with one treatment, she would have to undergone hormonal therapy again to harvest more eggs and undergone the in vitro itself again - a painful procedure. In vitro fertilization should only be available to married couples and women under 40.

Just for good measure, the bill sneaks in some other things. The Catholic Church would always be represented on the Bioethics Committee. Also, doctors who refuse to preform legal abortions (which in Poland are only in life threatening situations or cases of rape or incest), would no longer be required to refer the patient to a doctor who would do it.

Re: Women's Rights in Poland

Women have been using non-husband sperm for as long as civilisation has existed. It is estimated that 8% of births to married women are "cuckoos".