US News Poland: tens of thousands of people demonstrate for the right to abortion

11:05  31 october  2020
11:05  31 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Warsaw and across Poland on Friday, defying restrictions linked to the pandemic, to protest against a court decision banning almost all abortions.

Waving rainbow flags and chanting anti-government slogans, the demonstrators massively displayed in the capital the symbol of their revolt, a red lightning.

Despite some scuffles provoked by far-right counter-demonstrators, the rallies were for the most part peaceful, on this ninth consecutive day of demonstrations since the controversial decision of the Constitutional Court.

"We are ready to fight to the end," Marta Lempart, co-founder of the women's strike movement, which launched the call to protest, told reporters on Friday.

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Abortion rights protesters from across Poland are set to descend on the capital of Warsaw for their biggest demonstrations yet since the top court's Tens of thousands have flooded onto the streets to demonstrate against the ruling in the past week - marching through cities and disrupting church

According to their organizers, the marches were followed by hundreds of thousands of people.

"The revolution underway in Poland is not only a struggle for abortion. It is a struggle for freedom", insisted Ms. Lempart.

"We have had enough!", "My body, my choice!", Could we read on the signs brandished by the demonstrators, mostly young, who also used anti-government slogans, often spiced up with swear words.

According to the Warsaw City Hall around 50,000 people took part in the demonstration in the city center and the police made "several arrests" in two incidents.

The activists for the defense of the rights of women, who are behind these gatherings, are exposed to legal proceedings because any gathering of more than five people on the public highway is currently prohibited.

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Poland already has the toughest abortion restrictions of any country in Europe, bar Malta, and polls consistently demonstrate It places Poland far outside the settled European consensus on the right of women to control their own bodies. Tens of thousands of women went on strike on Wednesday.

Abortion in Poland is illegal except in cases of rape, incest and when the woman's life or any form of health Abortion rights advocates say those numbers reflect the restrictions already in effect, which make it It was raining during that day but still, thousands of people attended events, bringing their

According to them, relatively smaller protest actions took place in many other Polish cities, large ones like Krakow, Lodz, Katowice and Wroclaw, and smaller ones, as well as abroad, in Barcelona and Vienna for example.

Mass protests began last week when the Constitutional Court, reformed by the PiS, the ultra-Catholic Law and Justice party in power, and complying with its wishes, outlawed voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in serious malformation of the fetus, ruling that it is "incompatible" with the Constitution.

Protesters are angry with PiS, whose deputies have asked the court to rule on this issue.

Poland, a country of 38 million inhabitants, with a strong Catholic tradition, already has an anti-abortion law which is among the most restrictive in Europe .

There are less than 2,000 legal abortions per year in Poland, according to official data. Feminist organizations estimate that more than 200,000 abortions are performed illegally or performed abroad each year.

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Thousands march in Warsaw against Poland 's strict new anti- abortion laws. Up to 100,000 people have marched through downtown Warsaw to the house of Poland 's ruling party leader in what women's rights activists say was the largest demonstration in nine days of protests against a near-total ban

Hospitals in Poland have been turning away women seeking abortions even though a court ruling that has instituted a The country of 38 million people reported a record 21,629 new infections on Friday, the health ministry said, and some abortion clinics were already closed because of the pandemic.

Once published in the official journal, the decision of the Constitutional Court will result in the prohibition of all abortions except in cases of rape and incest or when the mother's life is in danger.


The government defended the decision, claiming that it would put an end to "eugenic abortions", but human rights organizations insist that it will now force women to give birth to babies that are not viable.

On Friday, President Andrzej Duda proposed a draft amendment to the law intended to appease the anger in the streets.

His plan would still ban abortion in cases of malformed fetuses, unless medical tests show a high probability that the baby is stillborn or has a terminal illness or defect.

Liberal opposition MP Katarzyna Lubnauer called the proposal "unacceptable".

"It's a proposal like this: I stole 100 zlotys (20 euros) from you, but I will return 50," she told the TVN24 news channel.

"Irresponsible behavior"

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned of the possible consequences of demonstrations during the pandemic, when the Ministry of Health announced a record of 21,629 new infections in 24 hours.

“Let’s not allow the elderly and the weakest to suffer because of irresponsible behavior,” Morawiecki wrote on Facebook .

Members of the government have called the protests acts of "barbarism" and "vandalism" after some attacks on Catholic churches.

Far-right groups called on Warsaw residents to "defend" churches during Friday's protest, although its organizers said they did not plan to target religious institutions.

The Women's Strike movement ensured that the protests would continue "until the government starts talking to us."

31/10/2020 07:46:20 - Warsaw ( AFP ) - © 2020 AFP

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