On a cold, hazy December morning, two sisters stand on the sidewalk of a busy street in Warsaw. “Shall we go to church?” the one sister, asks, grinning and holding up a dozen pink, yellow and grey stickers with the words, “Abortion is OK”, and the hotline numbers and social media profiles of Polish pro-choice organisations. At the first church they encounter in the residential neighbourhood of Bródno, one of them, wearing a black woollen cap, calmly peels the back off a sticker and sticks it on the gate. “We are just helping Catholic women because they have abortions, too,” she says. “Our goal is to help all the women.”
The sisters are volunteers with the Aborcyjny (Abortion) Dream Team, one of the solidarity networks supporting Polish women seeking an abortion. Both of them are medical students and spend some of their spare time answering the queries that come to the Dream Team so that women know who to contact if they have an unwanted pregnancy.
During the course of an hour, the sisters stroll around, placing stickers on bus stops, walls, streetlamps and a cigarette vending machine.
SOURCE: AlJazeera, by Costanza Spocci, 2 May 2022