Women in Poland are taking to the streets to fight for reproductive rights. Thousands of women, in at least 50 countries across the country, gathered to protest a new bill planning to ban abortions of sick fetuses.
Poland has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe — abortion is outlawed except in the case of rape, incest or if the fetus of the mother is at risk.
Poland’s pro-choicers have had success with protests in the past. In 2016, lawmakers tried to pass a sweeping abortion ban, but ended up dropping the measure after mass protests called the Black Protest broke out. Now, women are hoping for a similar response.
“With the victory of the Black Protest still fresh in their minds, women across Poland will once again take to the streets, standing together against proposals which would strip them of their rights and endanger their health,” stated Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Women’s Rights Campaigner for Europe.