Women Strike Underway in Poland over Court’s Ban on Abortion

A strike is under way in Poland by women opposed to a court ruling that introduced a near-total ban on abortion in the mainly catholic country.

Crowds have protested in several cities for the seventh-day running against the decision that outlawed terminations on the grounds of severe health defects.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is also the deputy prime minister and widely considered to be the country’s real powerbroker, said the protests were an attempt to “destroy” Poland.

He urged people to “defend” the nation as well as the Catholic Church. Last Thursday’s ruling by the constitutional court closed one of the few remaining legal grounds for abortion in Poland and followed a legal challenge by MPS from the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PIS) last year.

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