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Poland Ruling on Abortion Law Results in Violent Protests

Polish Police violently dispersed hundreds of people protesting in Warsaw against a court ruling that almost completely bans abortions.

Polish Police violently dispersed hundreds of people protesting in Warsaw against a court ruling that almost completely bans abortions.

Under the new law, terminations will only be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother’s health is at risk.

Chief justice Julia Przylebska reasoned that existing legislation, which allows for the abortion of malformed fetuses, was “incompatible” with the constitution.

Some Polish citizens voiced their discontent by marching on the streets of Warsaw  carrying signs with the word “torture” on them.

Protesters reportedly gathered at the Constitutional Tribunal before marching to the Law and Justice (PiS) party headquarters where the clashes started.

Polish media broadcasted videos of protesters clashing with officers outside the home of Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

The Polish police said they were forced to use pepper spray after some protesters threw rocks at them.

At least 15 people were arrested during the protests while the rest were dispersed while organizers announced that they will hold more demonstrations later in the day.

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