Some activists have spray-painted slogans and hang placards on exterior walls of a few churches’ buildings in the Polish capital, the Polish News Agency PAP has reported.
Those who gathered in front of Warsaw’s churches, were holding banners with slogans such as "My body, my choice," "This is a war. Sadists! We’re coming for you" and "Women’s hell is in Poland."
Meanwhile, in Poznań, western Poland, a group of protesters entered the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul to stage a protest in front of the altar, interrupting a Sunday service.
Representatives of the Women's Strike organization during a protest against the tightening of abortion laws in Poland at a cathedral in the western city of Poznań, October 25. Photo: PAP / Jakub Kaczmarczyk
The series of protests was held under the name „Word for Sunday,” a reference to a popular weekly TV show devoted to Bible readings, aired by public broadcaster TVP 2 every Saturday afternoon.
According to Polish law, such actions may be subject to prosecution for offending religious feelings.
Sunday marks the fourth straight day of protests against a ruling from Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday which heralded a tightening of the country’s abortion laws, already among the toughest in the European Union.
Following the news, Amnesty International issued a statement saying that the ruling violates human rights.
"This judgement is the result of a coordinated systematic wave of attacks on women’s human rights by Polish lawmakers, and represents their latest attempt to ban abortion in Poland,” the statement reads.
After the new court ruling comes into effect, abortions will only be allowed in Poland if a pregnancy is the result of a crime such as incest or rape, or threatens the life or health of a woman.
As almost all legal pregnancy terminations in Poland are performed on the grounds of foetal defects, activists say that the ruling will effectively ban abortions in the country.
Poland is known for being predominantly Catholic, with senior church officials having repeatedly pressured the conservative ruling Law and Justice party to introduce a complete ban on abortion.
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