Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Thousands Protest against Poland's Abortion Plan; Women on Strike, Offices in 60 Cities Close Down

Thousands of Polish women dressed in black -- in an effort to convey their mourning -- have boycotted work and taken to the streets in protest against a plan to ban abortion, the Independent (British) website reports today (October 5, 2016).

Without half their workforce, government offices, universities, and schools in 60 cities across Poland closed their doors.

Poland already has one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws and opinion surveys show very little support for an even stricter law, despite the nation's deep Catholicism and conservative political direction.

Under existing law -- in effect since 1993 -- abortion is banned except in cases where the woman's life is in danger, the fetus is irreparably damaged, or the pregnancy results from rape or incest. The new proposed law would make all abortions illegal.

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