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WARSAW, May 13 (Reuters) – Women who have fled to Poland to escape war must have access to reproductive rights that meet international standards, including abortions, a top UNHCR official said on Friday, amid reports of rape and sexual violence in Ukraine.
Poland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, and human rights activists have raised concerns about the difficulties victims of rape from Ukraine fleeing to the country may face if they need to terminate a pregnancy.
The article goes on to state the following:
“There are particular policies (regarding reproductive services in Poland) that we believe do not meet international standards,” assistant high commissioner for protection Gillian Triggs told a news briefing.
“Victims of sexual violence need counseling and they need assistance. In some cases they will need abortions. We will raise this with the government,” Triggs declared, vowing that they would make sure whoever needed an abortion would get one in Poland or elsewhere.
The U.N. human rights monitors were looking to verify allegations of sexual violence by Russian forces, even though Russia denies any abuse in its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Abortion is a highly divided issue in Poland where terminations are only permitted in instances of rape, incest or when a mother’s life is at risk.
The refugees in Poland have surpassed 3.3 million.
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