Abortion ban takes effect in Poland after all Posted by Kasia on Jan 28, 2021 in Culture, Current News, family, Government, Regulations, Women
Most of you heard about “Strajk kobiet” that took place in Poland back in October 2020. Thousands of people were protesting decision in the nation’s Constitutional Court in Warsaw, that would have further narrowed access to abortion in Poland. As a result of the nationwide protests, government indefinitely delayed the publication of the court’s ruling about abortion ban.
I mentioned the news about it back in November 2020
However, a contentious near-total ban on abortion in Poland went into effect yesterday night, despite rampant opposition from hundreds of thousands of Poles who began protesting in the fall. On Wednesday the government abruptly announced that the ruling was being published in the government’s journal, meaning it came into effect.
The Constitutional Court, which was reformed by the religious, conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), has banned abortions of fetuses with congenital defects. Termination of pregnancy will now be allowed only if the woman’s health is threatened or if the pregnancy is the result of a criminal act, such as rape or incest.
The majority of Poles oppose a stricter ban and demonstrations took place in Polish cities on Wednesday evening. Thousands of outraged women, teenagers and allies returned to the streets Wednesday night bundled up against the cold. The protesters chanted slogans like “I think, I feel, I decide!” (“Myślę, czuję, decyduję”) and “Freedom of choice instead of terror!” (“Wolność wyboru zamiast terroru!”). In Warsaw, they marched to the headquarters of the governing Law and Justice Party to songs including “I Will Survive.” Activists have called for large street protests on Thursday and Friday in the capital Warsaw.
The mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski tweeted his opposition to the move, calling on women to reject the decision on the streets. Leaders of the nationwide Women’s Strike movement that opposed the ban wore green headscarves, in a nod to Argentina’s women’s movement that successfully campaigned to legalise abortion.
“It’s not only women whom you’re bringing to the streets, it’s the whole nation that has had enough,” said Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, adding the decision to publish the ruling “against the will of Poles” was a “conscious and calculated acting to the detriment of the state.”
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Video from Warsaw last night:
Last night in Katowice:
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