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Thousands Take to Streets For 3rd Consecutive Night to Protest Against Poland's Abortion Law

A person holds a sign during a protest against the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in Belgium. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

A person holds a sign during a protest against the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in Belgium. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Taking inspiration from the Argentina protests where recently abortion was legalized through to the 14th week of pregnancy, some protestors were also witnessed adorning green bandanas.

Protestors took over the streets of Warsaw, Gdansk and other Polish cities for the third night on Friday, days after Poland’s near-total abortion ban came into effect.

People took to the streets in protest of the abortion ban regulated by the government. They were heard raising pro-slogans like, “Hey, hey, hey, abortion is ok,” and “Liberty, Equality, abortion on demand.” and multiple anti-government chants were also raised.

Taking inspiration from the Argentina protests where recently abortion was legalised through to the 14th week of pregnancy, some protestors were also witnessed adorning green bandanas.

However, Warsaw witnessed the maximum outrage whereby authorities were found blocking the paths of the protestors and in most cases redirecting them. As per reports tear gas was also fired at them to curb their voices.

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In October, the nation’s Constitutional Court banned abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities, even severe and fatal ones, sparking nationwide protests. The ruling became law on Wednesday.

In its current form, the law only allows abortion in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger.

The government also supported the court's verdict by saying that the verdict helped to bring down termination of fetuses with Down’s Syndrome.

Poland being a catholic country already had some stricter abortion laws in place before the court's ruling. As per findings, fewer than 2,000 legal abortions are performed in Poland each year, a majority of which are performed on the grounds of fetal malformations. Women’s groups estimate that as many as 200,000 more Polish women seek abortions each year, either abroad or illegally at home.

first published:January 30, 2021, 15:18 IST