WARSAW, November 28 - RIA Novosti. The rally of opponents of toughening the legislation on abortion took place in the center of Warsaw, thousands of people took part in it, the RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
The protest was organized by the Women's Strike (Strajk Kobiet) movement to draw attention to the tightening of the ban on termination of pregnancy.
Those gathered on the Roman Dmovsky Square chanted: “My body is my business!”, “Legal abortion!”, And also shouted obscene slogans against the government and the leadership of the ruling Law and Justice party.
Large police forces arrived at the scene. From time to time they checked the documents of the protesters.
Despite the warnings, the protesters took to the roadway, blocking traffic on the central highways of Warsaw - Jerusalem Alleys and John Paul II Alley.
Representatives of LGBT and feminist communities also took part in the action.
Similar protests took place in several other cities in Poland.
Since 1993, abortion has been banned in Poland. An exception was made only for cases when pregnancy threatens the life or health of a woman, there is a high probability of irreversible impairment of the development of the fetus or an incurable disease that threatens his life, or when the pregnancy was the result of a crime, such as rape.
Recently, a group of Diet deputies began to seek tougher legislation, including the prohibition of abortion in cases of fetal development.
At the end of October, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that abortion for this reason was contrary to the constitution. Thus, today in the country it is possible to artificially terminate a pregnancy only if there is a threat to the woman's health or if the pregnancy occurred after the rape.
After that, numerous protests began in Warsaw and other cities of the country, which continue to this day, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the ban on mass events.
After the outbreak of protests, Polish President Andrzej Duda came up with a bill that softens the existing rules. The document proposes to allow abortion if the death of the child is inevitable due to abnormalities in the development of the fetus. Nevertheless, the presidential project still prohibits abortion in the event of a pathology that will lead to disability in the fetus.