Protest the threatened ban on abortion

1) Demonstration in front of Polish Parliament, Warsaw, 9 April, 2pm

Called by a new non-governmental coalition “Odzyskać Wybór” (Reclaiming Choice), launched a few days ago with the Federation for Women and Family Planning and many other women’s organizations as core initiators. See Facebook for details in Polish (English below)

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTION:

Send a photo by 8 April of yourself with a coat hanger and holding a sign saying “Solidarity with Polish women” – with the name of your organisation or you as an individual. 

SEND TO: federa@astra.org.pl or post directly to ASTRA’s Facebook events page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/961398047301386/

Use the hashtag #ODZYSKACWYBOR = “Reclaiming choice”

Please follow ASTRA’s website and Facebook (Pol) for regular updates.

 2) London: protest outside the Polish Embassy, 47 Portland Place, W1, 2pm, Facebook (Eng)

ASTRA STATEMENT: We are strongly against the proposed legislation that will tighten the already strict anti-abortion regulations in Poland. The introduction of this law, which is supported by prime minister Beata Szydło, Law and Justice party leader Jarosław Kaczyński and the Polish Episcopate, will mean hell for Polish women: for cancer-patients who will not be able to be treated because of their pregnancy; for rape victims who will be forced to give birth to their rapist’s child; for women after miscarriages, who will be interrogated if their circumstances are deemed suspicious; for women who will not be able to undergo prenatal testing as it will be considered “unnecessary”; finally, it will be a nightmare for their relatives and friends wanting to support them during their problematic pregnancies. We are strongly opposing the proposed changes of the so-called “abortion compromise” law of 1993, which is still one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe.inally, it will be a nightmare for their relatives and friends wanting to support them during their problematic pregnancies. We are strongly opposing the proposed changes of the so called “abortion compromise” from 1993, which is still one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Europe.

For more information: Campaign newsletter 4 April 2016: http://eepurl.com/bWx4Kn (scroll down)