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Poland: Thousands march against abortion in Warsaw on Int. Day of Families01:42

Poland: Thousands march against abortion in Warsaw on Int. Day of Families

Poland, Warsaw
May 15, 2016 at 23:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 2,000 people took part in a march against abortion in Warsaw, Sunday, as similar protests took place in dozens of Polish cities coinciding with the International Day of Families, established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and celebrated each year on May 15.

The protesters held placards and banners such as "Stop abortion" while they marched from the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument to the Kazimierzowski Park.

Poland's current abortion laws, which have been in force since 1993, are among the strictest in Europe. The organisers protested not only against a complete ban against abortion, which they see as highly politicised, but also current regulations.

In March, the Polish Catholic Church Episcopate called on parliamentarians to vote for a full ban on abortion. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that she was in favour of a ban. At present abortions are only permitted when the mother's life is in danger, in cases of rape or incest, or if the foetus has medical deformities.

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More than 2,000 people took part in a march against abortion in Warsaw, Sunday, as similar protests took place in dozens of Polish cities coinciding with the International Day of Families, established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and celebrated each year on May 15.

The protesters held placards and banners such as "Stop abortion" while they marched from the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument to the Kazimierzowski Park.

Poland's current abortion laws, which have been in force since 1993, are among the strictest in Europe. The organisers protested not only against a complete ban against abortion, which they see as highly politicised, but also current regulations.

In March, the Polish Catholic Church Episcopate called on parliamentarians to vote for a full ban on abortion. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that she was in favour of a ban. At present abortions are only permitted when the mother's life is in danger, in cases of rape or incest, or if the foetus has medical deformities.

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