Law enforcement was called to a Catholic church in Poznan on Sunday after a group of protesters, mostly women, blocked believers’ access to the service, eventually walking inside the church at the entrance.
Pro-abortion protests are taking place across Poland despite assembly restrictions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The women displayed pro-abortion banners in front of the altar and chanted “We’re tired.”
The priests were forced to stop the liturgy until the arrival of law enforcement.
Protests also took place in front of Krakow’s cathedral, where people demanded the separation of the state church.
“I am here because I am upset that in a secular country the church decides my rights and tells me what I am allowed to do and what not,” says a 26-year-old woman.
After winning the appeal filed last year by the ruling Law and Justice Party, Polish women can only terminate a pregnancy in case of incest, rape or if the woman’s life is in danger.
Thousands of women have protested across the country since the announcement of the Constitutional Court’s decision, with some protesters being blocked by young men from nationalist and far-right groups.