Locked content Women’s strike ‘Black Friday’ takes place in Warsaw

Women’s strike against proposals  for a total ban of abortion “Black Friday” started in Warsaw on March 23, at 2 pm.  Around 100 participants  gathered near the Świętokrzyska  metro station to march through the streets of Warsaw wearing black as a sign of protest. Those supporting the ban organized ...

Locked content Thousands protests on the International Women’s Day

Several thousand people, mostly females took to the streets in dozens of Polish cities to protest against current Law and Justice (PiS) government and demanded equal rights, including birth control rights, equal pay and “country free from superstitions.” Referring to Catholic Church-inspired conserv...

Sejm rejects stricter anti-abortion law

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, voted by an overwhelming majority to reject a draft law proposed by the “Stop Abortion” citizens’ initiative. The bill provided for an absolute prohibition on abortion and criminal liability for anyone who causes the death of a fetus. MPs vot...

Locked content Senate halts work on own abortion bill

Following widespread street protests in Poland, the Senate has suspended work on draft legislation concerning termination of pregnancies. “We have to wait to see the results of the Sejm’s work regarding abortion regulations,” Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate, said on Wednesday. “We ...

Locked content Nearly 100,000 take part in Black Monday protests

According to the national chief of police Jarosław Szymczyk, a total of 98,000 people took part in yesterday’s protests against the further tightening of Poland’s anti-abortion law. The largest number of protesters – 20,000 – gathered in Wrocław, while in Warsaw 17,000 took to the street...

Black Monday: Polish women go on strike against abortion ban

Thousands of women across Poland have gone on strike to protest against proposals for a total ban on abortion. They marched through the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights. Women opposed to the ban stayed away from work and scho...

Locked content Thousands protest against proposed abortion ban

Several thousand people gathered in front of Polish parliament on Saturday to protest recent legislation proposals that could ban abortion. Were the proposed ban to be enacted, all terminations would be criminalised, with women punishable with up to five years in prison. Doctors found to have assist...

Locked content Parliament vote to proceed with law on full abortion ban

With 267 votes against rejecting a draft bill on a full abortion ban, the lower chamber of Parliament decided that the project will proceed further in parliament. MPs also voted against continuing works on counter-proposal that would liberate the so-called “abortion compromise.” At prese...

Locked content Former first ladies speak out against abortion ban

Three former first ladies, Anna Komorowska, Jolanta Kwaśniewska and Danuta Wałęsa called, in an open letter, to abandon the idea of introducing a complete abortion ban. “We urge a stop to actions that will legally force women who are facing a dramatic, difficult decision to heroism,” rea...