Tens of thousands of people, mostly women, gathered today in Warsaw to protest against a plan to tighten legislation on abortion, now in the process of parliament and backed by the government party, the right-wing nationalist Law, and Justice (PiS).
Around 55,000 people demonstrated in the Polish capital, according to the city’s spokesman Bartek Milczarczyk, in a protest called “Black Friday”.
The trigger for these concentrations is the bill to limit the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, admitted for processing by the House on January 10, the result of the popular initiative “Stop Abortion”, which has the majority support of deputies of the Pee.
Since then, a parliamentary commission reviews the proposal, which seeks to prohibit abortion for cases in which the fetus has malformations, an irreversible disease or Down syndrome.
Until that commission gives the green light, the proposal cannot be voted on by Parliament.
The “Stop Aborcja” proposal only allows abortion for cases in which the life of the mother is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
The demonstrators, coming in many cases from different parts of Poland, passed before the Polish Parliament, the seat of Law and Justice and one of the most significant churches in Warsaw, in protest of the support of the Catholic hierarchy to the proposal “Stop Abortion ”
In addition to Warsaw, there are protests on Friday in other cities in Poland against the restriction of abortion.
A spokesman for the Polish Episcopal Conference, Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, has said that “the delay in parliamentary procedures on legislation to limit abortion is cause for concern” for the Church in Poland, where 90 percent of the population of declares Catholic.
“We do not want politicians or priests to come and tell us what to do with our bodies,” said one of the protesters, Magda, who like other women carried a hanger, allusive to her body is not just a simple receptacle to give light, but it is the woman who must be able to decide on her body.
The leader of Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has shown himself on numerous occasions in favor of the prohibition of the so-called eugenic abortion, even though Poland already has by itself one of the most restrictive laws in this respect in Europe.
Faced with the communist period, when it was practically free, the current Polish law, dating from 1993, only allows abortion when the health or life of the mother is in danger, pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or the fetus suffers malformations or irreversible disease.
Official data indicate that more than 1,000 abortions are practiced every year, although the Federation for Women and Family Planning, dedicated to helping women to abort within the allowed cases, believes that the real number of pregnant women who abort annually can over 100,000 cases, explained to Efe one of their representatives, Krystyna Kapura.
The Polish government tried unsuccessfully to toughen the abortion law in October 2016, although the protest of thousands of women across the country forced him to stop his project, despite the fact that Law and Justice has an absolute majority in Parliament.