Warsaw, Oct 28 (efe-epa).- Opponents of the Polish supreme court ruling to all but abolish abortion in the central European nation protested in the capital for the seventh-day running on Wednesday.
The latest demonstrations coincided with the onset of a women’s strike after the country’s top judges banned abortions for fetal abnormalities.
The termination of pregnancies in Poland is now only available for victims of rape and in cases where the pregnancy poses a threat to a women’s life.
The government ordered the deployment of police to the streets of Warsaw, including the militarized gendarmerie, in a bid to guarantee security at a time when the country is gripped by a soaring number of coronavirus infections.
The strike got off to an inconsistent start. Some office companies with a large contingent of female staff closed, other businesses like shops and cafes remained open.
There were protests in several areas of the capital. Dozens gathered outside the city’s courthouse calling for those arrested in previous days of protests to be released.
The largest gathering on Wednesday morning congregated outside the headquarters of the ultra-conservative organization Ordo Iuris. Here, thousands voiced their opposition to the conservative politics of the Law and Justice party government, which is led by prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Members of conservative organizations also slated rallies on Wednesday with the intention — in their words — of protecting churches from being vandalized by feminist, leftist and LGBT groups.
Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets on Wednesday evening, although the details of the marches have yet to be made public “for security” reasons, according to organizers.
Poland, a deeply Catholic country, has some of the toughest abortion laws in Europe. EFE-EPA