Protesters demanding full liberalization of abortion law, resignation of government
The Associated Press
Posted: Jan 28, 2021
A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of countrywide protests three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional.
Led by a women's rights group, Women's Strike, people poured onto the streets of Warsaw and other cities late Wednesday. More anti-government demonstrations are planned for Thursday evening.
Support services in Poland and abroad say numbers increasing even before legislation is tightened
Shaun Walker and Anna Koslerova in Prague
Sun 13 Dec 2020
Polish women are increasingly being forced to travel abroad to seek abortions even though a court ruling to tighten the country’s already strict laws has not yet coming into force, activists have said.
The constitutional court ruled in October
that abortion was illegal even in cases where there were severe foetal
abnormalities. Around 1,000 abortions a year – almost all of the country’s
legal abortion procedures – are carried out for this reason.
Malgorzata Tomczak, Warsaw
November 30, 2020
In the past, the problems of the country’s constitutional court were seen as complex and detached from people’s daily lives. Until now that is, when they started to impact on the most private and sensitive areas of Polish women’s lives.
With its recent legal attempt to put further limits on abortion, the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) has created a constitutional crisis that will be hard to resolve. And its reckless actions are already impacting on Polish women’s lives.