Thousands of women in Poland successfully forced their government to backtrack on anti-abortion legislation that would effectively criminalise all terminations, with women punishable with up to five years in prison. Doctors found to have assisted with a termination would also be liable for prosecution and a prison term. A petition by the Stop Abortion coalition, and drafted by the hardline conservative advocacy group Ordo Iuris, received more than 100,000 signatures, enough to be considered by parliament. It received public support from elements of the Catholic church and Poland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice party (PiS). Pro-choice activists led Monday’s strike, encouraging women to take a day off work and domestic tasks to attend demonstrations, donate blood or do charity work. Six women tell us why they joined in the protest, and what the anti-abortion law means for them. ‘I will fight for liberal abortion law, and I will educate my friends’ I was on the protest in Warsaw. There were a lot of people of every age. Women came with their friends, boyfriends, husbands, children, mothers and grandmothers. I arrived in the afternoon and there was no possibility to enter Plac Zamkowy, there were people everywhere. Although it was raining… Read full this story
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