Soon after Poland’s highest court ruled out on October 22 that abortions due to fetal defects are unconstitutional, thousands of protestors and activists demonstrated in the streets in Poland. The move led the country to a near-total ban on terminations and sparking angry protests in the capital Warsaw. “It could force women to carry a child even if they know the baby will not survive childbirth,” the protestors said.
With this new ruling, the nation which already had some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, will now only allow the procedures in cases of rape, incest or in case when mother’s life is in danger.
The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, condemned the court’s ruling and called Thursday a “sad day for women’s rights.”