With its move to change the abortion legislation, the Polish government has opened Pandora’s box, the consequences of which it cannot possibly control.
Polish women protest against a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Poland. PAimages/Geert Vanden Wijngaert. All rights reserved.It was Czarny Poniedziałek – Black Monday. On Monday 3 October Poland saw a nationwide ‘women’s strike’. Inspired by an Icelandic protest action from back in 1975, tens of thousands of Polish women heeded a call to strike and protest against the proposal of a new abortion law supported by the current PiS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – Law and Justice) government.
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Iceland has already faced steep political turmoil in 2016. Later this month, things could get even more interesting, as the country’s upstart Píratar Party (or Pirate Party) remains in the lead in polls leading up to the nation’s general election at the end of October.