Hundreds of Poles, mostly women, marched via Warsaw & different Polish cities Tues. to demand larger reproductive rights & protest what they see as discrimination by the conservative authorities.
The demonstrations came on the 1st anniversary of an enormous so-called “Black Protest” by women wearing black in that stopped a plan in parliament for a complete ban on abortion.
Participants stated in that despite last yr’s success their battle is not over, noting in that abortion remains unlawful in virtually all cases in Poland. They accused the authorities of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo of taking different steps in that they are saying are offensive for ladies, together with a brand new regulation in that requires women to have a doctor’s prescription to buy morning-after pills, not permitting them to be sold over-the-counter.
“Beata, women will overthrow your authorities,” they shouted, using a phrase in that rhymes in Polish.
They additionally protested efforts by the pro-Catholic authorities to oppose in-vitro fertilization.
“They’re taking away increasingly more of our rights,” stated Krystyna Cichecka, a 52-year-old protester in Warsaw. “My state is popping right in to a religious state & I do not want that.”
Organizers additionally collected signatures for a petition calling for the abortion law to be liberalized.
A yr ago it rained throughout the protests, with large groups of women under umbrellas turning in to the noteworthy thing image of in that movement. On Tues. it rained again, & again women marched holding umbrellas, while planners declared in that ladies wouldn’t fold up their umbrellas.
Poland’s conservative authorities is very popular with many Poles, together with church-goers, people in little town & families who’ve benefited from new welfare subsidies, nevertheless it has sparked multiple protests by copious Poles who see an erosion of their democratic rights.
A little counterprotest by people against abortion rights additionally happened in Warsaw.