Anger does not fall in Poland. For the third night in a row, several thousand people again took to the streets of Warsaw on Friday evening to shout their anger, since the publication in Official newspaper, Wednesday, of the judgment of the Constitutional Court practically prohibiting abortion. Similar gatherings were also held in other towns in Poland.
In accordance with the wishes of the ruling ultracatholic right-wing coalition, this judgment prohibits voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in the event of fetal abnormalities. From now on, any abortion is prohibited in Poland, except in cases of rape or incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
“My body, my choice”, “I think, I experience, I decide”, “The revolution, she has a uterus”, “You have blood on your hands”, proclaimed the placards held up by the demonstrators in Warsaw, where several thousand people responded to the call for the Women’s Strike, the main movement behind the protests.
Many of the demonstrators wore masks adorned with a red lightning bolt, the symbol of abortion activists. Some wore green scarves around their necks, the symbol of abortion rights activists in Argentina, who succeeded in getting abortion legalized in their country last month.
Calls to “Abortion on demand” and warnings to the government that will be “Abolished by women”, were launched to the sound of drums, all accompanied by some smoke. On Thursday, the police arrested several demonstrators who were trying to enter the building of the Constitutional Court.
Poland, a predominantly Catholic country, has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Today, less than 2,000 legal abortions are performed in Poland per year, according to official data. Feminist organizations also estimate that around 200,000 abortions are performed illegally or abroad each year.