“Black Protest” against abortion ban take the streets of Poland

Published September 26, 2016
By Giacomo Galardini

Thousands of participants across Poland took to the streets Sunday against the new law advanced recently by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) which would ban all abortions.

The gatherings took place in Poland’s ten biggest cities and also in other major cities worldwide under the slogan #CzarnyProtest (Black Protest), put forward and organized by Dziewuchy dziewuchom (Wenches to Wenches), a feminist organization which opposes the strengthening of the current abortion regulations.

The demonstrations also gained support from a variety of anti-PiS political groups such as The Committee for Defense of Democracy (Komitet Obrony Demokracji, KOD) and the left-wing political party Razem (Together). The feminist organization has put together similar protests since the bill was brought to the table earlier this year by a citizens’ initiative backed by the Catholic Church.

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Source: New Europe

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Thousands protest against proposed stricter abortion law in Poland

By Robert Tait, The Guardian
Sunday 18 September 2016 16.44 BST

Women’s groups and human rights campaigners in Poland have staged protests against a proposed new law that would criminalise nearly all abortions.

Thousands gathered outside the national parliament in Warsaw while there were demonstrations in several other Polish cities – and a separate event outside the Polish embassy in London – to oppose a measure that would outlaw terminating pregnancies except where necessary to save a woman’s life.

Poland, Europe’s most devoutly Catholic country, already has some of the continent’s most stringently anti-abortion statutes.

Legislators are expected to start debating on Wednesday even tougher rules drawn up by a rightwing thinktank with the backing of the Catholic church and the Law and Justice (PiS) governing party. A petition supporting the crackdown has gained more than 100,000 signatures.
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If passed, the legislation would introduce jail sentences of up to five years for causing “the death of a conceived child”. It would apply both to women seeking abortions and doctors and health professional carrying them out.

Gathering under the slogan “Save women, not a step further”, opponents argued that the change would risk the lives of women and force girls as young as 11 who had been raped or subjected to incest either to give birth or face going to jail.

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Source: The Guardian

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