Thousands protest across Poland against curbs on abortion access

by Alicja Ptak, Lewis Macdonald
OCTOBER 23, 20201

WARSAW/GDYNIA, Poland (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people protested across Poland on Friday in defiance of tight coronavirus restrictions, following Thursday’s ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

The court announced that abortions due to foetal defects were unconstitutional, ending the most common of the few legal grounds for abortion, and setting Poland further apart from the European mainstream.