. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Abortion Bill at Risk

WARSAW () -- A bid to ease Poland's restrictive anti-abortion law hung in the balance on Friday after the upper house of parliament blocked the move, which was strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church and Polish-born Pope John Paul.

The Senate rejected the bill late on Thursday by 50-to-40 with two abstentions in a vote that split the two parties in the ruling left-wing coalition.

The bill, which would allow women to end pregnancies before the 12th week if they were too poor to raise a child or had other personal problems, must now return for a new vote in the lower house.

The Catholic church, which led a huge campaign of letters and demonstrations to halt the measure, greeted the bill's Senn ate defeat with deep relief.