Poland's lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion

Poland's lawmakers have rejected a civic legislative proposal that would have outlawed abortion as homicide

WARSAW, Poland -- Poland’s lawmakers on Thursday rejected a civic legislative proposal that would have outlawed abortion as homicide.

The vote to reject the proposal at the initial stage was 361-48 with 12 abstentions, and was greeted with applause.

Law and Justice’s rejection of the project was notable because last year it had Poland’s restrictive abortion law tightened, drawing massive street protests.

Submitted by the anti-abortion Pro-Right to Life Foundation, the proposal called for up to 25 years in prison or even life sentences for getting an abortion or assisting a woman to get one.

In practice, Polish women travel abroad for abortions or order abortion pills through the mail.