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For four days, large demonstrations have taken place in Poland following the virtual ban on abortion voted by the Constitutional Court. This Sunday, October 25, churches were targeted by demonstrators.
Protesters targeted Catholic churches acrosson Sunday, October 25, revolt against a near-total ban on abortion in this country of the European Union.
The demonstrators chanted “We've had enough! " and " Barbarians! Sunday, inside a church in the city of Poznan (western Poland), according to a video posted on social media. A scene that repeated itself across this deeply Catholic country.
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© AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski A protester for the right to abortion in front of a police cordon during a protest rally against the tightening of the law on abortion 'Abortion by the Constitutional Court, in Warsaw on October 22, 2020. The Constitutional Court ruled for an almost total limitation of the voluntary termination of pregnancy in the country. Abortion for severely malformed fetuses has been deemed unconstitutional.
to ban abortion in the event of a serious malformation of the fetus, because it would be "incompatible" with the constitution.
The judgment, in accordance with the wishes of the ultra-Catholic nationalist party in power, Droit et Justice (PiS), restricts the right to abortion to only cases of danger to death for the pregnant woman and pregnancies resulting from rape or of incest."I would like to abort my government"
Outside a famous church in central Warsaw, a skirmish pitted demonstrators holding up signs saying "Break up" and "I would like to abort from my government ”, to the police and to advocates for abolition of abortion.
Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion
POLAND-ABORTION: Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion © Reuters / Agencja Gazeta DEMONSTRATIONS IN POLAND AFTER THE DECISION RESTRICTING THE RIGHT TO WARSAW / GDYNIA 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.
Local media also published photographs of graffiti scrawled on church walls in several cities across the country that read "Women’s Hell," the main slogan of the protesters.
Thousands of people, mostly women, also gathered on Sunday in the cities of Gdansk, Krakow, Lodz, Rzeszow, as well as in dozens of traditionally more conservative cities, echoing the massive protest that began Thursday across Poland , in defiance of the strict distancing measures taken for2,000 legal abortions per year in Poland coronavirus.
The main argument of opponents of the judgment is that this virtual ban puts the lives of women in danger by forcing them to carry out unsustainable pregnancies, while its supporters claim that this will prevent abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down's syndrome.
There are less than 2,000 legal abortions per year in Poland, and the vast majority of them are performed because of malformed fetuses.
But feminist groups estimate that more than 200,000 procedures are performed illegally, or performed abroad, each year.
This judgment has been condemned by several human rights groups in Europe.
Abortion Act causes increasing displeasure .
With a march through downtown Warsaw, tens of thousands of Poles protest against tightening of abortion law. President Duda wants to ease the situation with a new bill.