Polish police used tear gas against pro-abortion protesters Friday in Warsaw.
According to a TOP NEWS correspondent, several thousand people are marching in the center of the Polish capital. They are protesting against stricter abortion laws.
Police blocked the path of the column with cordons several times, but the protesters headed in the other direction.
Then the policemen decided to detain a minibus with sound-amplifying equipment, which caused an aggressive reaction from the protesters. During the scuffle, the police used tear gas. According to the leader of the Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike) movement, she and the bus driver were injured by the gas.
At present, the protesters continue their rally on Roman Dmowski Square, where the Friday procession began.
Abortion has been banned in Poland since 1993. The only exceptions were when the pregnancy posed a threat to a woman’s life or health, when there was a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of fetal development or an incurable, life-threatening disease, and when the pregnancy resulted from an unlawful act.
The Polish Constitutional Court recently published its decision, which reduced the number of reasons for which a pregnancy can be terminated. Now, severe fetal abnormalities do not entitle a woman to terminate a pregnancy.