Moscow. October 31. INTERFAX.RU – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on the eve to protest against the ban on abortion in Poland. According to the estimates of the city administration, 100 thousand people took part in the action.
As the Associated Press reports, the demonstrations have been going on in the Polish capital for nine days, Friday's rally has become the largest. The mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Tszaskowski, joined her. Earlier, rallies were held in other cities of Poland.
Although most of the march to the house of the ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski was peaceful, the protesters were attacked several times by ultra-right and football fans. People chanted calls for the resignation of the government and slogans in support of women's freedom to choose. Whether Kaczynski was at home is not specified.
On October 22, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that the law on termination of pregnancy due to birth defects in the fetus was unconstitutional. This decision followed the motion of the “right-wing” deputies. They argued that abortion due to congenital malformations of the fetus violates the provision of the Polish Constitution to protect the life of every person. Now abortion can only be allowed if the woman's life is threatened or if the pregnancy is the result of rape. In 2019, 1,110 abortions were performed in Poland, most of them due to congenital malformations of the fetus.
The court ruling further tightened Polish abortion laws, which are already the toughest in Europe.
The protests took place despite the difficult COVID situation in Poland, where gatherings of more than five people are prohibited due to the pandemic. On Friday, October 31, 21.6 thousand new cases of coronavirus were detected.