US News Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion

01:45  24 october  2020
01:45  24 october  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Thousands of women are protesting against new abortion laws in Poland . A court ruling on Thursday banned almost all abortions - with exceptions only for cases of rape "Throwing the topic of abortion and a ruling by a pseudo-court into the middle of a raging pandemic is more than cynical," he tweeted.

People protesting in Warsaw after a court ruled that allowing the abortion of foetuses with severe impairment was unconstitutional. And in all likelihood, will divide Poland even further,” she added. The decision also drew criticism from abroad. Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s commissioner

POLAND-ABORTION: Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion


ABORTION (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested across Poland on Friday, despite coronavirus restrictions, the day after a Constitutional Court ruling limiting the remedy, already restricted in the country, to abortion.

The constitutional body on Thursday invalidated a provision authorizing voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in the event of a malformation of the fetus.

This decision prohibits one of the most common cases of legally ending a pregnancy in this country with a strong Catholic tradition.

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WARSAW (Reuters) - Protests gathered across Poland after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that abortion due to foetal defects was Many doctors in Poland , which already had some of the strictest abortion rules in Europe, exercise their legal right to refuse to terminate pregnancies

According to images broadcast by the private channel TVN, thousands of demonstrators marched in the streets of Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow.

"Women are not respected in this country. Nobody listens to us," said Magda, 34, who was demonstrating in Gdynia, in northern Poland.

More than a thousand people gathered near the home of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ultraconservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in power, in Warsaw, for a second night of protest on Friday, waving banners on which one could read: "You have blood on your hands".

Dozens of police were present and were wearing riot gear.

"I was scared at first, but I thought to myself, too bad if I catch the coronavirus. I'm afraid for my daughter, but I think we have no choice. Someone us took it away against our will, "said Emilia Gwiazda, 46, present at the protests in Warsaw.

Once the decision of the Constitutional Court has entered into force, only rape, incest and serious risks to the life or health of the mother can justify termination of pregnancy. These cases represented about 2% of abortions performed in recent years.

The protests come as Poland announced on Friday that it would close restaurants and bars for two weeks and limit public gatherings to five people to deal with a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic.

(Alicja Ptak and Lewis Macdonald; Blandine Hénault for the French version)

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