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22:55  25 october  2020
22:55  25 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Pologne : manifestations dans des églises contre l’interdiction de l’avortement © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

Protesters targeted Catholic churches across Poland on Sunday, on the fourth day of a revolt against a near ban -total abortion in this country of the European Union.

"Barbarians! "

The demonstrators chanted" We have 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.

Poland: new demonstrations against the almost total ban on abortion

Protesters reacted to the decision last Thursday of the Polish Constitutional Court to ban abortion in the event of a serious malformation of the fetus, because it would be "incompatible" with the constitution.

Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion

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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.

Video: Poland: demonstration against the almost total ban on abortion (AFP)

"I would like to have an abortion from my government"

Outside a famous church in the center of In Warsaw, a skirmish pitted protesters holding up signs reading "Cassez-vous" and "I would like to abort my government" against police and abortion abolition advocates.

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.

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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 on Thursday across Poland , in defiance of the strict distancing measures taken to fight against the coronavirus.

200,000 procedures carried out illegally

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 non-viable pregnancies, while its supporters ensure that this will prevent abortion of fetuses diagnosed with trisomy 21.

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.

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