Women in Poland gather in churches to protest new restrictive abortion law


WARSAW, Poland – Women’s rights activists in Poland protested against tightening the nation’s first restrictive abortion law during church services on Sunday in a predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

On the fourth straight day of protest, activists put up banners during Mass in some churches, according to Polish media and social media posts.

In a Warsaw church a young woman stood near the altar with a sign saying “Let’s pray for the right to abortion.”

On Sunday, Poland’s constitutional court followed a ruling on Thursday, declaring that abortions with congenital defects are unconstitutional. Poland already had Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, and the ruling would result in a complete ban on abortion.

Women strike, the organizer of the protests, argues that forcing women to give birth to badly deformed fetuses will result in unnecessary physical and mental suffering.

In the Otwalk, a town near Warsaw, a banner with the slogan “Woman’s Hell” was hung on a church fence.

According to media reports, activists made posters of a pregnant pregnant woman, which was made to hang outside the church, although it was not immediately clear how many were hung.

A right-wing news portal, Do Rzeczy called it a “blasphemous protest by feminists”.

Thursday’s decision came as Poland’s nationalist conservative ruling party has politicized the courts – including the Constitutional Court – and used discriminatory language against LGBT people.

Last week, the president administered the oath to a new education minister, who has said that LGBT people are not equal to “normal people”, has argued in support of corporal punishment, saying that the main purpose of women in life is to have children. is.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that 1,110 legal abortions were performed in Poland in 2019, mostly due to fetal defects. The only other legal cases for abortion are rape or incest or if pregnancy is a threat to a woman’s life or health.

The women’s strike says it plans to take further action in the coming days, including blockade of cities on Monday, nationwide strike by women on Wednesday and street protests on Friday.

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