Polish lawmakers proceed with proposal to ban abortion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) " Poland's lawmakers have decided to proceed with work to ban abortion and have rejected a proposal to liberalize the current restrictive law.

The vote Friday followed a debate the day before on two drafts by civic groups: one to fully ban abortion and one to allow termination of pregnancy through its 12th week.

Poland's current law allows abortion through the pregnancy's 12th week if the woman's health or life is endangered, the pregnancy results from a crime, or if the fetus is irreparably damaged.

The lower house of parliament voted for its justice and human rights commission to analyze the draft of the total ban, and rejected the opposing proposal.

Efforts by anti-abortion groups have been heeded under Poland's conservative government that stresses respect for the Catholic Church.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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