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Whats happening in Poland?

Trigger warnings [death, abortion]

Abortion rights are under attack right now in Poland. Polish parliament is currently considering a bill to add even more restrictions to already very limited abortion access (currently abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, the woman's life is in danger or there is severe foetal impairment). If the bill goes ahead it will remove severe or fatal foetus impairment from the list of permitted grounds which will put many people's lives at risk.

Earlier this week over 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Warsaw to protest the polish governments 'abortion ban'. Despite it being a peaceful protest there were many violent incidents where bands of nationalists took to the streets to attack the protesters. Several of the attackers were armed and had to be arrested by the polish police.

Many polish people are speaking up for their rights including Olympic medal winner Justyna Kowalczyk-Tekieli who said "Polish women are diminished to the role of incubators. I do not know how one could condem a women to give birth to a dead foetus"

It is clear the polish government is creating policy that is setting women's rights back many many years however they are still proceeding with their destructive and dangerous policy. They are ignoring the action of many of their populace and the international community.

Some good news ...

The polish government has delayed the court ruling that would ban almost all abortion after the country saw some of the biggest protests in its history.

For almost two weeks people have been protesting in Poland and globally to bring awareness to this backwards law. The ruling was meant to be published on Monday, however, it was not which means it has no legal power.

Wlodzimierz Czarzasty from the left wing party Lewica told told the press "They are counting on the protests dying down... They don't know what to do with these protests, the protests are strong."

People's bodies are not political playgrounds. This must be heard.