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Op-ed on the violation of reproductive rights of women with disabilities in Poland

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Members of the ARTICLE 6 collective – Magdalena Kocejko, Agnieszka Wołowicz and HIA Poland Board Member Magda Szarota – write in OKO.press about the violation of reproductive rights of women with disabilities in Poland. You can read the article here.

Perceived as asexual individuals and used in the political fight to tighten the abortion law, women with disabilities demand their fundamental rights are respected:

  • the right to recognize their sexuality and self-determination,
  • the right to gynecological and obstetric care,
  • the right to motherhood and the choice of whether, when and how many children to have.

“Women with disabilities are marginalized not only by the state but also to a large extent by social organizations (although there are exceptions and this practice is slowly changing). In the community of people with disabilities, the perspectives, experiences and know-how of this group are being lost in the agendas and debates of people with disabilities, whereas in the case of the feminist movement – in the postulates and activist strategies concerning women.”