Poland Rejects European Union Pressure

Warsaw, Poland -- Politicians in Poland have reacted angrily to a vote by the European Parliament calling for abortion to be legalized across current and future EU member states.

The European Parliament's resolution, which is non-binding, says women should have easy access to abortion, and no-one should be prosecuted for having one.

It singles out largely Roman Catholic Poland and Ireland, among others, as the two countries where abortion is most severely restricted.

But the Polish parliament's European affairs committee rejected what it called pro-abortion pressure on candidate countries. Abortion was legal in Poland until five years ago, when the then government banned it in most circumstances.

Source: BBC; July 4, 2002

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