Postcard from Poland ️#4
Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled today that abortion on the grounds of foetal defects contravenes the constitution, thus setting up a legal framework for a total ban on pregnancy termination. Due to the huge abortion restrictions already in place, these make up about 98 percent of all abortions in Poland. It basically means that women will be forced to give birth, for example, when their fetus might be growing without a brain or lungs, or is drastically deformed in other ways. After the ruling goes into effect, abortion will only be permissible in cases of rape, incest or a threat to a mother’s health and life. And it’s only a matter of time until these two conditions are lifted.
The Catholic fundamentalists and their acolytes currently ruling in Poland made up the term “eugenic abortions” and have been campaigning intensely to ban those for the last six years. The first attempt was made back in 2016, but failed due to social mobilization on a massive scale. However, such an upheaval is rather unlikely today. This moment was chosen very carefully, which makes it all only more disgusting and cynical. Because of the recent legislation related to the global pandemic, public gatherings are outlawed. So surely, any attempts to protest will be met with both police violence and propaganda offensives, blaming the progressives for spreading the coronavirus.
So the pandemic will pay off, not only for the filthy rich, most of whom have greatly benefited from it, and enlarged their fortunes, but also for the Catholic Taliban, which can now cash in on the right-wing hardliners they have been supporting in Poland.
Their victims will be low income women. Wealthy women will have the funds to travel to Slovakia, Germany or any other state in the EU where the dismal forces of Catholic fundamentalism are marginal. Those who can not afford to travel will risk their lives in the huge abortion underground, which has just received another boost to its development.
Legalize abortions! Outlaw the Church!
Photo: The subtitle on the banner reads: “Angry Polish women” (photo taken during the mass protests in 2016)
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Bulgarian and Polish activist, journalist, editor, publisher and translator. In the late `90 active in the Polish left and later in the labor movement, particularly the biggest Polish labor confederation — The All-Poland Trade Union Alliance. Until 2012 editor-in-chief of its weekly magazine. Contributor at Baricada.org and Strajk.eu, Polish correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Currently working as an editor and journalist for the Polish labor portal Strike and as a correspondent to the Bulgarian National Radio in Poland.