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Poland vs Women, round 2

by IdiotSavant Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 05:44:25 AM EST

Back in October, Poland's constitutional tribunal (stacked by the ruling "Law and Justice" party) banned abortion. After huge public protests, the ban was not implemented. But now, at the height of the pandemic, they've decided to bring it into force:

Although the ruling was handed down by Poland's constitutional tribunal in October and should have come into force swiftly, there was a three-month delay, apparently prompted by fears over the size of the protests that ensued. More than 400,000 people came out to protest in towns and cities across the country, leading some government figures to suggest a compromise was required.

Ultra-conservative elements of Poland's ruling coalition have long sought to tighten abortion laws further, even though polls show there is minimal support in Polish society at large for the move. Past attempts to change the law led to huge protests, leading to parliament stepping away from the move.

Instead, the law has been changed through the constitutional tribunal, which is mainly made up of those appointed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and has become politicised during the party's five years in power. On Wednesday, the tribunal issued a justification of its ruling, and the government later published the ruling, the formal requirements for the law to enter into force.

There have already been small protests. The question is whether there will be the massive ones seen in October (and in response to previous Law and Justice misogyny). If not, the next elections aren't until 2023, which is a long time to wait to fix this.


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by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 08:03:10 AM EST
Before abortions were legalised in Sweden in 1974 the student union at my alma mater had a secret fund where students could borrow for a discreet trip to Poland. In Poland, as in much of the Eastern bloc, abortions were legal.
by fjallstrom on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 02:36:45 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 02:56:37 PM EST
The sainted John Paul II would be proud that Poland is returning to the Middle Ages. But the answer to Oui's question is that Trump's misogynistic anti-abortion push is rapidly falling apart. Hopefully the current misnamed Law and Justice government in Poland will do the same.
 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 04:45:06 PM EST
Guardian: Third night of protests in Poland after abortion ban takes effect
Thousands have protested for a third consecutive night in Warsaw and other parts of Poland after the country's rightwing government implemented a court ruling imposing a near-total ban on abortion.

Protesters have defied coronavirus restrictions and sub-zero temperatures to rally after the controversial judgment was given legal force on Wednesday.

In Warsaw, they waved Polish and gay rainbow flags and brandished the red lightning symbol used by Women's Strike - the main organisation behind the protests.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 09:38:20 AM EST
San Francisco Chronicle: Women's rights activist charged for role in Polish protests
A leader of the Polish Women's Strike, the movement that has led mass nationwide protests against a near total abortion ban in Poland, has been charged with criminal felonies.

The U.S. State Department said it was watching the situation in the allied NATO country "very closely."

Marta Lempart told The Associated Press on Thursday that she was formally read the charges at the district prosecutor's office in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The charges against her include insulting a police officer and causing an epidemiological threat for organizing protests during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Polish law, a person can face from six months to eight years of imprisonment for causing an epidemiological threat.

Lempart was also charged with praising the vandalism of churches and the "malicious obstruction" of religious services after favorable comments in a radio interview about protesters who had sprayed paint on church facades and disrupted Masses during their protests.

Poland really is turning into Gilead.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Feb 13th, 2021 at 11:44:00 AM EST


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