Most Poles oppose changes to abortion law - poll

The vast majority of Poles are against changes to to-date legislation seeking to ban terminations due to foetal abnormalities, one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in the country, a recent survey shows.

Most respondents said that the law should allow abortion if pregnancy threatens a woman's life (88 percent), mother's health (79 percent), is the result of rape (82 percent) and when medical tests show that a baby will be born with serious defects (75 percent).

The poll by United Surveys pollster for the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and radio broadcaster RMF FM was conducted on October 31 using standardised computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) on a sample of 1,000 adult residents of Poland.