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(en) vrijebond. Protest Against Abortion Ban in Poland (nl)

Date Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:36:18 +0200

BACKGROUND -- In October 2020, Polish protests followed the 22 October 2020 Constitutional Tribunal's ruling banning one of the three reasons allowing legal abortion in Poland. On 27 October Ogolnopolski Strajk Kobiet stated that the aims of the protests are: ---- full women's rights: legal abortion, sex education, and contraception ---- Rejecting the Constitutional Tribunal's ruling -- the return of a real (independent) Constitutional Tribunal -- the return to a neutral (independent) Supreme Court of Poland that is not controlled by the Law and Justice party (PiS) --- the appointment of a real (independent, not someone from the ruling party) Polish Ombudsman, to replace Adam Bodnar, who reached the end of his term.

The number of legal abortions in Poland totaled 1100 cases in 2019. In Spain, a country with a similar population, this number was over 90.000.
The three instances in which a woman can have a legal abortion are:
In case of rape or incest
In case of threat of death of the mother
In case of fetal complications
In 98% of those 1100 cases the reason for the abortion was fetal complications, which implied very low likelihood of survival after the birth, or otherwise severe illness or disability. This reason for abortion has now been declared unconstitutional by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal.
Banning abortion does not mean stopping abortion, it only makes it less safe. Polish abortion law was already one of the strictest in Europe and Polish women were already going to neighboring countries like Germany or the Netherlands in order to get this procedure. However, this option is only available to those who can afford it. Polish women could be now forced to turn to highly unsafe methods of abortion.

Our politics is complex and corrupt. That is why in solidarity with Ogolnopolski Strajk Kobiet we will also keep in mind the 13 demands and goals of OSK. Those are amongst others; full women's rights and abortion on demand, LGBTQ+ community are not an "ideology", stopping fascism, stopping climate change, modern education, funding psychiatry, support for mobility, stopping media propaganda.

Keep 1,5 meter distance from each other at all times
Please wear facial masks at all times
Follow the instructions of the volunteers
Screaming and singing is not allowed due to the possibility of spreading COVID-19

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