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Hundreds protest against Poland’s abortion ban plan

by Sally Campbell
Issue No. 2499

Hundreds joined the protest

Hundreds joined the protest (Pic: Sarah Bates)

Hundreds protest against Poland’s abortion ban plan

Around 300 people rallied outside the Polish Embassy in London last Saturday against a proposed law that would ban abortion.

They had gathered in solidarity with thousands marching in the Polish capital Warsaw and other cities.

Abortion in Poland has been illegal since 1993, except in cases of rape or a lethal threat to the health of the woman or foetus.

Now the Catholic church has drafted changes that would outlaw it even these cases.

The protest was organised by Polish activists #Reclaimchoice. They were joined by Abortion Rights activists from Britain who had earlier held a symbolic protest at a local police station.

They had “handed themselves in” in solidarity with the two women in Northern Ireland who have been prosecuted for procuring abortions.

Protesters hung hundreds of wire coat hangers from the embassy’s railings to say no return to dangerous backstreet abortions.

Bigots in the Strathclyde University “Society for the Protection of Unborn Children” are claiming their free speech is being stopped because they were denied funding. The students’ union is right to stand for women’s liberation and not fund the bigots.

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