Protest in Poland against proposed abortion ban

Cracow (Kraków), fot. K. KolowcaCracow (Kraków), fot. K. Kolowca
Cracow (Kraków), fot. K. Kolowca

Cracow (Kraków), fot. K. Kolowca

Thousands of people have attended a pro-choice rally outside parliament in Warsaw after the leader of Poland’s ruling party backed a call from Catholic bishops for a full ban on pregnancy terminations.

Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Official statistics show only a few hundred abortions are performed every year, but pro-choice campaigners say underground abortions are common.

The rallies in Warsaw and other cities were held under the slogan “No to the torture of women” and came as the influential Roman Catholic Church launched a campaign for a total ban on abortion, something supported by Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Abortion is currently illegal in Poland in most cases but there are exceptions if the pregnancy poses a threat to the woman’s health or life, if it results from a crime like incest or rape or if the fetus is damaged.

Thousands of people attended a pro-choice rally outside parliament in Warsaw on Sunday after the powerful leader of Poland’s ruling party backed a call by Polish Catholic bishops for a full ban on pregnancy terminations.
Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the European Union. Official statistics show only several hundred abortions are performed every year, but pro-choice campaigners say underground abortions are very common.

Cracow (Kraków), fot. K. Kolowca

Cracow (Kraków), fot. K. Kolowca

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