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Abortion Activists In Poland Compare Fetus To Cancer

Over the weekend, a coalition of sixty abortion rights groups organized a rally in Warsaw, Poland. They carried coat hangers protesting a law that would place further restrictions on abortions in the country.

One of the protesters, Anna Jakobic, said that the right to an abortion must be defended. She stated, “No government can decide this. Maybe they also want to prohibit oncological operations? Cancer is also live tissue." Currently, Poland bans abortions except when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, poses a “health risk” to the mother, or if the fetus bears an anomaly, such as Down Syndrome.

The Prenatal Life Protection Law, supported by prime minister Beata Szydlo would place a ban on abortions. The bill has been submitted to the Polish parliament. It acknowledges that rape is an evil act, but prohibits "punishing the child" for the crimes of the rapist.

In addition, abortion activists allegedly organized "solidarity protests" in other European cities. Several hundred people demonstrated in front of the Polish embassy in London shouting "my body, my choice."

Polish abortion activist and researcher Agata Chełstowska said, “The thing is, I don’t think women in Poland ever used hangers. I think that’s strictly American."

At the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March, the head of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) said, "We care about the woman’s life, and the child who’s coming—if they are sick, like Zika, what we are hearing—or thrown on the streets, or kidnapped, or dead. We want all alive, and healthy, and productive, and equal to all humanity. We dare to talk about abortion."

On Wednesday, the European Parliament will vote on a motion that accuses Polish authorities of undermining “constitutional democracy.”

Photo: The Guardian, The Conversation

Women march in Poland protesting the abortion ban.

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