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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Workers Strike Across Poland Against Abortion Ruling

Workers across Poland went on a nationwide strike last Oct. 28 to protest the top court ruling that bans nearly all abortions.

Workers across Poland went on a nationwide strike last Oct. 28 to protest the top court ruling that bans nearly all abortions.

Organized by The Women’s Strike under the slogan, “We are not going to work,” the strike took place in several cities across the mainly Catholic country to oppose the Constitutional Court decision that only allowed abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the mother’s life.

Local media reported that female and male workers from private firms, public institutions, and universities took a day off from their jobs to participate in the strike against the Oct. 22 court ruling.

Protesters say that forcing women to carry a baby with an unlikely chance of surviving birth puts them at risk.

Mayors of several cities, including Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Poznan supported the protests that took place for the seventh day.

“They are fighting for their rights! Let’s support them!” Mayor Jacek Jaskowiak of Poznan stated in a tweet after allowing employees from his office to join the strike.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczysnki said that the decision cannot be changed and he called the protests an attempt to “destroy” Poland. He told the people to “defend” the country and the Catholic Church “at any cost.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told BBC news that the ruling is to protect the unborn with health defects.

The strike took place despite the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in the country that has recorded 249,049 cases and 4,849 deaths.

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