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Poland introduced new abortion laws last week, with Thursday’s court ruling banning abortions in almost all cases – cases of rape, incest and endangered mother’s health being the only exceptions.
While the old Polish abortion laws were already among the strictest in the EU, it is now essentially a ban. The new restrictions ban abortions when a fetus is malformed, which would represent 98% of the interruptions that were legal last year.
The new laws unsurprisingly sparked an uproar, with protests erupting across the country over the weekend.
Despite coronavirus restrictions banning gatherings of more than 10 people, mass protests have taken place in major cities, with Warsaw, Krawkow and Poznan being among the many places.
“This is war,” read some of the signs, while others carried the words, “You have blood on your hands.”
‘[It is] a sad day for women’s rights, ” Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, while Krystyna Kacpura, head of the Federation for Women and Family Planning, said to the AFP news agency: “ It is a shame of the Polish state towards half the population, women. We will never forget it.
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