The new abortion bill in Poland has meant further restrictions on when abortions can be provided. The country already has some of the strictest laws in Europe. However, there is an estimated 100,000 abortions provided to Polish women annually that are predominantly provided by Germany and Slovakia. This articles examines what the abortion changes in Poland will mean for Polish women within the context of COVID and tense relations within the EU between Poland and the Western EU countries.
COVID19 has exacerbated the discrimination and challenges faced by the Roma community in Slovakia. Their precarious living conditions and safety need to be addressed by the Government. More accountability and action needs to be provided by the Government to alleviate the struggles they face. This is essential before unity can be achieved between Slovakia and the Roma community.