World News – CA – Protesters target Catholic churches in Poland during abortion protests

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Posted: 11:20 GMT, October 26, 2020 | Update: 11:59 a.m. GMT, October 26, 2020

Protesters targeted Catholic churches across Poland on Sunday, the fourth day in a row of upheavals over a near-total abortion ban in the EU country

Protesters chanted « we’ve had enough! » and «  barbarians  » inside a church in the western city of Poznan, according to a video clip posted on social media, in scenes that repeated themselves in this deeply Catholic country

Protesters were reacting to Thursday’s ruling by the Polish constitutional court that an existing law allowing abortion of damaged fetuses was ‘incompatible’ with the constitution

The country’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of banning abortions for fetal malformations, further tightening Poland’s restrictive abortion laws The ruling means that abortions will only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is in danger

Protesters targeted Catholic churches across Poland on Sunday, the fourth consecutive day of upheaval over a near-total ban on abortion in the Catholic EU country Pictured: People take part in a protest at the Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter and St Paul in Poznan

The verdict is in line with the position of the powerful Roman Catholic episcopate of Poland and the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party

Protesters, holding up signs with swear words and others saying ‘I wish I could abort my government’, clashed with police and ban supporters outside a historic church in central Warsaw

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Local media also broadcast images of graffiti on church walls in various towns and villages reading ‘women’s hell’ – the main slogan of the protests

Protests have taken place across the country, and many have been confronted with police lines Pictured: People stand in front of a police cordon as they take part in a protest outside the Archcathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, southern Poland

The country’s Constitutional Court ruled on Friday in favor of banning abortions for fetal malformations, further tightening Poland’s restrictive abortion laws Decision means abortions will not be allowed that in case of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is in danger

Pictured: An aerial view of thousands of protesters on the fourth day of protests against the Constitutional Court’s ruling on tightening the abortion law outside the Archbishop’s Palace in Krakow on October 25 Thousands of people can be seen gathering outside the building which has a line of police vans in front of it

A man stands in the middle of a church in Poznan, his fists raised after leaflets with a feminist symbol adopted by protesters were strewn on the ground in protest against restrictive abortion laws in Poland

Thousands of people – mostly women – also gathered in the cities of Gdansk, Krakow, Lodz and Rzeszow, and in dozens of traditionally more conservative cities

They echoed the mass protests organized across Poland since Thursday in defiance of the strict limits on public gatherings as part of anti-coronavirus measures

In the city of Poznan, dozens of women interrupted a service and held banners in front of the altar chanting to the congregation « We are fed up with this », according to media and social networks

Despite the ban on assembling more than five people, around 4,000 demonstrators gathered in the southern city of Katowice

Opponents of the ruling argue it puts women’s lives at risk by forcing them into unsustainable pregnancies, but supporters insist it will prevent abortions of fetuses diagnosed with syndrome. Down

People take part in the “Silent March of Women” to protest against the tightening of the abortion law in Poznan, Poland

A woman wearing burqa-like clothing and a maid’s dress from ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ – with a hanger around her neck – was protesting on the fourth day of protests against Poland’s abortion laws outside the Palace of the Archbishop of Cracow on October 25

Members of a far-right organization and the police kick out women from a Warsaw church who were protesting outside against its support for abortion laws in the Catholic country

People protest outside church in Warsaw against Polish abortion lawsThe country’s Constitutional Court ruled last week in favor of banning abortions for fetal malformations, thus strengthening Polish laws already restrictive on abortion

The country of 38 million people records fewer than 2,000 legal abortions per year in Poland – which, even before the ruling, imposed some of the toughest interruption restrictions in Europe – and the vast majority of these are performed due to damaged fetuses

Women’s Strike, the organizer of the protests, said there would be more rallies in the coming week – urging people to block cities on Monday and calling on women to strike across the country on Wednesday

The country of 38 million people records fewer than 2,000 legal abortions a year in Poland – which even before the ruling imposed some of Europe’s toughest dismissal restrictions – and the vast majority of these are performed due to damaged fetuses

A protester is seen on the ground after being kicked out of a church where she was protesting last week’s abortion verdict – which is final and cannot be overturned

People walk past a painted feminist sign during the fourth day of protests against the Constitutional Court’s decision to strengthen the abortion law in Krakow’s UNESCO-listed main square, the October 25

Last week’s abortion verdict – which is final and cannot be overturned – drew condemnation from several human rights groups in Europe and the Council of Europe, the main one continent’s human rights organization, with Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic calling it a ‘sad day for #WomensRights’

Donald Tusk, a Pole who currently heads the European People’s Party after having chaired the European Council, called the timing of the abortion issue « political wickedness »

«  Throwing out the topic of abortion and a pseudo-court ruling amid a raging pandemic is more than cynical,  » he tweeted

Piarist order high school wall painted with feminist slogans is pictured as protests against Constitutional Court ruling on tightening abortion law enter fourth day on October 25

Police arrest man demonstrating outside church against church support for strengthening already restrictive Polish abortion law in Warsaw He is seen holding a hanger and what looks like a wooden horn

Members of a far-right organization and protesters stand with police in the middle of protests outside a church in Warsaw

« [The] decision represents a total ban on abortion in Poland, as 98% of legal disruptions in Poland are linked to fetal malformations, » said Krystyna Kacpura, head of the Federation of Women and Family Planning , after the court decision

‘It is a shame of the Polish state towards half of the population, women We will never forget it’

Two rows of police block protesters outside the Archcathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, southern Poland

A huge crowd of people stand in front of a police cordon as they take part in a demonstration against the toughening of the abortion law in front of the Archcathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, southern Poland

« They will just be left with various unsafe methods like unskilled abortions with methods I don’t even want to discuss, » she said.

« We were simply forced into the era of Ceausescu, » she added, referring to the late Romanian dictator who severely restricted abortions in an attempt to increase fertility rates

Meanwhile, the Polish Presidency and Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the head of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, have welcomed the verdict

The Constitutional Court was reformed by the PiS government and has since been accused of having many judges loyal to the party in its ranks

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