On Saturday, the Polish police arrested some 120 people in demonstrations against the tightened-up abortion law. For the third day in a row, people flock to the streets to protest against new restrictions in the law allowing for abortion is virtually impossible due to the predominantly Roman catholic country.
In addition to the capital of Warsaw, there were also demonstrations in other cities. There are also demonstrations in the country against the government’s COVID-19 measures.
The police used clubs and tear gas against the protesters. Meetings of more than ten persons are officially prohibited in Poland because of the coronavirus.
The Constitutional Court of Poland ruled on Thursday that abortion was not allowed on the grounds of serious deviations in the unborn child. Last year, 1,100 abortions were carried out in Polish hospitals, almost all on the basis of the legal basis that has now been dropped.
If the birth endangers the health of the mother or if the unborn child is the result of incest or rape, abortion is still allowed.
In 2016, there was also unrest in Poland because the government wanted to completely abolish abortion, after which the government decided to withdraw the proposal.