Poles Dress in Black to Protest Legislation That Would Mean a Near Total Ban on Abortions

The hashtag #czarnyprotest (“BlackProtest”) is trending in Poland today, as thousands of people share photos of themselves dressed in black to protest against legislation that would criminalize almost all kinds of abortion and toughen the country's already severe anti-abortion laws.

Today, the whole family is opposed to barbarism against women. #BlackProtest

Prepared by a think-tank with the backing of the Catholic Church and the ruling right-wing party PiS (Law and Justice), the near-total abortion ban would introduce jail sentences of up to five years for causing “the death of a conceived child.”

Allowing abortions only under the specific condition that a mother's life is in danger, all other circumstances would be made insufficient grounds for terminating a pregnancy, including cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomalies. If passed, the law would apply both to women (and girls) seeking abortions and the doctors who perform the procedure.

Many Internet users now expressing their objections to the legislation are calling the law “barbaric” and a breach of women's rights.

A live “black protest” initiated by the left wing party RAZEM (“Together”) took place in front of the Polish Parliament building, where lawmakers debated the proposal on September 22. During that debate, all political parties distanced themselves from the project. The legislature will hold a formal vote on Friday, September 23.

Not a step further! RAZEM members Wroclaw support #BlackProtest.
@partiarazem #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs #ForWomensPolicy


  • […] In the days leading up to the vote, on social media people in Poland sent photos of themselves dressed in black, as a statement of protest. See a sample of photos here.  […]

  • nayan mipun

    sep 25, 2016, Children inside their mothers have the right to life whether the children are zygote or later stages, I support pro life values and laws in all nations, please do not kill children in abortion, have responsible sex life, tell men not to release semen inside women’s vagina, children in any stage inside women need protection, United States, Canada, and Ireland too are moving towards a pro life world,

    • Anaphema

      Let’s talk about that when you’re raped by a sick man or got pregnant from your drunk father when you’re 12.

      • nayan mipun

        sep 26, 2016, Well then lets talk when your legs, neck, intestines, arms, are ripped apart by some machine in the slaughter house and create a feeling in you how children feel when they are aborted,

        • disillusionist

          Zigots cant feel anything.

    • disillusionist

      You tell men not to release semen inside women’s vaginas. That’s really pro-life for the mothers who don’t want to be pregnant. They have a life too.

  • disillusionist

    Poles are in solidarity with American women who want choice and control of their own bodies. Hold your ground while you still have it.

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