Women across Poland went on strike Monday as part of ongoing protests against proposed legislation that would effectively ban abortion. Current law allows terminations only in cases where the mother or the fetus is at high risk, or in cases where the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
The proposal was originally put forward by the conservative organization Ordo Luris, making use of a feature of Polish government whereby Parliament will consider a petition if it draws at least 100,000 signatures. In this case, the petition got over 450,000 signatures.
The strike is the latest in a series of actions over the tightening of abortion laws in the Eastern European country. For the past two weekends, thousands of women lined the streets outside the Parliament in the capital Warsaw, wearing black and carrying placards with messages such as “Girls just wanna have fundamental human rights.” The crowds included women of …