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Polish women protest against abortion restrictions becomes global across EU and US cities; huge march expected in Warsaw

Friday, October 30th 2020 - 08:51 UTC
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Since the Constitutional Tribunal announced the ruling solidarity with Polish protesters exploded in Oslo, London, Chicago, Glasgow, Brussels Since the Constitutional Tribunal announced the ruling solidarity with Polish protesters exploded in Oslo, London, Chicago, Glasgow, Brussels

Thousands of protesters in cities around the world have gathered over the past days in support of Poles who have taken to the streets after a court ruling further limited the country's restrictive abortion laws.

In the week since the Constitutional Tribunal announced the ruling, those expressing solidarity with Polish protesters in Oslo, London, Chicago, Glasgow, Brussels and elsewhere have gathered in front of Polish Embassies and in their city centers.

After the ruling goes into effect, abortion will be banned in the case of fetal abnormalities. It will be legal only in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the woman's health.

In Poland, tens of thousands have taken to the streets in cities and towns across the country since the ruling was announced on Oct. 22. Demonstrators have blamed the nationalist government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Roman Catholic Church, which has close ties to the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, for the court verdict.

The international gatherings have varied in size, with tens coming together in front of the Polish Embassy in Rome, hundreds in Oslo and more than a thousand in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The protesters chanted “Revolution is a woman” and projected “Polish women on strike” in white and red lights onto the side of a building, photos posted on Facebook showed.

Hundreds protested in London on Monday, with video footage shared on Facebook showing car and bus drivers honking horns in support of those gathered.

Protesters in Vienna on Tuesday carried posters reading “Poland won't die as long as we keep fighting together,” according to photos published on Twitter. A mass protest in Warsaw is scheduled for Friday.

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  • DemonTree

    “Abortion of a health fetus is murder!”

    They just banned abortion of unhealthy fetuses, including those that are going to die anyway. Why prolong the suffering?

    Oct 31st, 2020 - 11:07 am +1
  • Pugol-H

    Tel (Rainman of Bogs)

    There you go again, with your potty mouth diatribe, starting on people for absolutely no reason. Manners Tel, bad manners if nothing else, just because you are all bitter and twisted not everyone else is.

    You see Tel, some people on here have “nice conversations”, swap stories and experiences with witty banter, political comment and discussions. Sometimes very educational just reading them.

    Not you Tel, not you, as JB observed:

    “personal attacks, silly quotes in Latin (which he doesn't have a clue to what they mean) and French phrases (such as “au contraire”), which he can't even spell properly....not to mention the mess he managed to make of the expression in English, as well...“on contrary”.

    How about you try being nice, make a contribution to the conversation for once.

    Or, could you not just crawl away and hide somewhere, don’t forget the shadows you shout at are still behind you.

    Nov 01st, 2020 - 12:31 pm +1
  • Terence Hill

    Opinions are like buts everyones got one. Just some stink more than others.

    Oct 31st, 2020 - 11:48 am 0
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