On November 2, 2020 local time, in the old city of Krakow, Poland, local women took to the streets to protest and demonstrate, holding various slogans against the abortion bill. Visual China Materials
On the 27th, the Polish government officially implemented the abortion law. According to the act, women can only have an abortion if they are raped, incest or at risk of health.
The abortion law is a ruling made by Poland’s Constitutional Court on October 22 last year, Reuters reported on October 27. In the weeks that followed, large-scale protests broke out in Poland, which also prompted the ruling right-wing law and Justice Party (PIs) to delay the formal implementation of the law.
According to the report, a member of the ruling party said that the state cannot deprive a person of his life just because he is ill, disabled or in poor health. ”
Boris Budka, leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform party, said that no law-abiding government should respect the ruling. &Previously, the opposition accused the government of interfering with the ruling of the constitutional court. It is reported that after the law and Justice Party came to power, it carried out a drastic reform of the constitutional court. In April 2016, the European Commission found that Poland’s constitutional court was “paralyzed”. The European Parliament regards this situation as a threat to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Poland;.
Time magazine pointed out that for more than 1 million women of childbearing age in Poland, this law almost forbids abortion. Poland has the strictest abortion law in Europe. Official data show that there are about 1100 legal abortions in Poland every year, 98% of which are caused by fatal malformations of the fetus. Since the court’s ruling, protests have taken place in several cities in Poland. Poland’s president Duda proposed on October 30 last year that pregnant women can have abortions in the event of a fatal defect, excluding those with Down’s syndrome. However, the proposal did not quell the anger of the protestors and was criticized by women’s rights activists and opposition parties.
Poland is a traditional Catholic country, which strictly restricts women’s abortion. Since the law and Justice Party came to power in 2015, abortion has gradually become one of the most controversial issues.