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Poland: Protesters hold massive rally in Warsaw over abortion ban03:09

Poland: Protesters hold massive rally in Warsaw over abortion ban

Poland, Warsaw
October 31, 2020 at 02:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters flooded the streets of Warsaw, on Friday, in protest of the country's near-total abortion ban announced last week, with women's rights activist Marta Lampart, the leader of the Polish Women's Strike movement, saying, "we really have the possibility of overthrowing this government."

"We are in a constitutional moment and we really have the possibility of overthrowing this government. We have the option to force them to resign. We have the ability to get out of this swamp. The government has nowhere to turn back," Lampart told the crowd.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling last week that banned nearly all abortions, with exceptions only for instances of rape, incest, and when keeping a foetus would endanger a woman's life.

The ruling found that an existing law allowing abortion in the case of foetal abnormalities, which accounts for the vast majority of terminations in the country, was incompatible with the Polish constitution.

Poland: Protesters hold massive rally in Warsaw over abortion ban03:09
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Protesters flooded the streets of Warsaw, on Friday, in protest of the country's near-total abortion ban announced last week, with women's rights activist Marta Lampart, the leader of the Polish Women's Strike movement, saying, "we really have the possibility of overthrowing this government."

"We are in a constitutional moment and we really have the possibility of overthrowing this government. We have the option to force them to resign. We have the ability to get out of this swamp. The government has nowhere to turn back," Lampart told the crowd.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling last week that banned nearly all abortions, with exceptions only for instances of rape, incest, and when keeping a foetus would endanger a woman's life.

The ruling found that an existing law allowing abortion in the case of foetal abnormalities, which accounts for the vast majority of terminations in the country, was incompatible with the Polish constitution.

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