Poland imposes a near-total ban on abortion
|Demonstrators in Warsaw on Wednesday night, after the government announced that a ban on abortions due to fetal abnormalities would take effect. Wojtek Radwanski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
|Thousands of outraged women, teenagers and allies returned to the streets of Poland last night, after word that a ruling that halts the termination of pregnancies for fetal abnormalities — virtually the only kind of abortion performed in the country — would come into force.
|Poland already had one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, with the procedure legal in only three instances: fetal abnormalities, pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, and threats to a woman’s life. The latter two remain legal.
Slogans: The protesters chanted “I think, I feel, I decide!” and “Freedom of choice instead of terror!” In Warsaw, they marched to the headquarters of the governing Law and Justice Party to songs including “I Will Survive.”