Abortions in Poland

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Shortly after the communist government was overthrown, the new, democratically-elected government passed a new law which severely restricted abortion. This law was supported by President Lech Walesa, the clergy, and the Polish medical community.

Note that the number of maternal deaths (which includes all women listed as dying during pregnancy or delivery) dropped along with the abortion rate. This is empirical evidence that legal abortion does not save women's lives.

No Polish jokes here.


For those who want the raw data:

Abortions in Poland

Year Abortions Maternal deaths
1984 N/A 122
1987 123,500 N/A
1988 N/A 58
1989 105,300 N/A
1991 30,008 N/A
1992 11,006 51
1993 777 44
(N/A = not available)


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Posted 16 Sep 2000.

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