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Poland ruling on strict abortion laws

Thousands of protestors have marched across Poland against a near-total ban on abortion. Some have also promised to further their actions in future. The protests follow after the high court made a ruling that is inconsistent with the constitution. The ruling was inconsistent in allowing the abortion of malformed foetuses.

Protestors have been carrying placards with slogans reading,” disgrace” and ”war on women”.The ruling means that abortion will only be done in specific cases. For example, in instances of a rape case, incest or threat to the woman’s life.

There are already legal clinics that deal with abortion cases but are only limited to malformed foetuses. More than 200,000 illegal procedures are conducted in Poland each year. The demonstrations have been going on even after the government issued orders to ban public gatherings due to the spread of Corona.

The courts ruling is in favour of Poland’s Roman Catholic episcopate and the governing rightwing Law and Justice. The PiS government has so far reformed the courts in Poland. Some of the changes that have been made in court have put Poland in a susceptible position as it has collided with EU in matters concerning judicial independence and the rule of law.

Protestors have camped outside warsaw home of Jaroslaw Kaczynski who is known as Poland’s ultimate powerbroker as leader of PiS. Other protestors gathered outside churches and PiS premises. Council of Europe, the leading human rights body has also condemned the ruling.

Commissioner of human rights Dunja Mijatovic said that it is a hard day for women rights. Other organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also condemned the ruling.

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