Thousands of protesters have blocked the center of the main Polish cities on Monday, on the fifth day of a revolt against the almost total ban on abortion in Poland.
In Warsaw, protesters, mostly young women, have blocked several crossings in the city center, paralyzing traffic in the capital. The participants carried banners with messages such as “The hell of women”, “Their hands are stained with blood”, “We want to choose” or “It’s war!”.
Likewise, demonstrations have been held in several other cities of the country in reaction to the decision issued on Thursday by the constitutional Court polish banning abortion in case of malformation of the fetus, considering it “incompatible” with the Constitution.
The ruling, according to the wish of the ultra-catholic nationalist party in power, Law and Justice (PiS), limits the right to abortion to only two cases: danger of death for the pregnant woman and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.
The main argument of the opponents of the decision is that this ban endangers the lives of women by forcing them to carry non-viable pregnancies to term, while its supporters assure that this will prevent the abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome.
In Poland there are fewer than 2,000 legal abortions a year, the vast majority are carried out due to fetal malformations. But feminist groups estimate that more than 200,000 illegal interventions, or those carried out abroad, are practiced each year. The ruling was condemned by various human rights groups in Europe.
On Sunday, protesters protested in front of Catholic churches across Poland, for the first time in this country with a majority Catholic member of the European Union. Protests against the Court’s decision will continue in the coming days, according to the organizers. For its part, the Polish church has called for dialogue.