Poland backs off proposed abortion ban after thousands of women went on strike

Earlier this week, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski mocked activists for planning demonstrations in the capital of Warsaw to protest a proposal that would implement a blanket ban on abortion access in the Eastern European country. “Let them have their fun,” he said, adding that it was a “mockery” to be “dressing up [and] screaming silly slogans and vulgarities.” The protesters came out en masse anyway – some 30,000 of them dressed in black, chanting that doctors should not act as missionaries, as they surrounded Warsaw’s Castle Square. And their huge gathering may just have been what it took for…
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