Thursday, December 3, 2020

Protests against Polish abortion ban defy lockdown

Poland already has some of the EU’s strictest abortion laws.

A court ruling on Thursday banned most abortions – with exceptions just for rape cases, incest, or where the mother’s health is in danger.

Abortions carried out when the fetus is malformed, which accounted for 98% of legal terminations last year, have now been outlawed.

Łódź (city) residents protested against the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal on abortion.

They came with banners with slogans such as Women’s hell continues. You want hell, we will give it to you, on ul. Police cars arrived on Piotrkowska Street, and officers appeared in the passage. They began to identify and write down the data of a dozen people.

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“We were told we were attending an illegal rally,” said the two young women who had been signed up.

At the moment when shouts and music started the protest, the organizers were surrounded by police officers. One of the organizers argued that the constitution guarantees citizens freedom of assembly and the right to protest.

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The atmosphere grew nervous. After a few minutes, the participants left the Schiller Passage and continued along the streets of Łódź.

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