Poland has one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, banning the procedure in all but a few cases. Now the government wants to take it a step further by creating an official registry of all pregnancies.

A year after Poland’s top court imposed restrictions on abortion rights, the government plans to set up a registry that will require doctors to report all pregnancies and miscarriages, a move that women’s rights advocates fear may lead to the legal targeting of women whose pregnancies do not end in birth.

The bill creating the institute passed its first reading on 2 December. The registry of pregnancies is yet to be debated but the government hopes to see it operating by the end of January 2022.

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