- Nov 24, 2020
As protests against a near-total ban on abortions gripped Poland, Pope Francis urged the people of the country to defend life.
Poland’s powerful ruling party leader urged his supporters Tuesday to defend the predominantly Catholic nation’s churches, potentially setting the stage for clashes with demonstrators angry at a court ruling that severely restricts abortions.
Women’s rights activists and thousands of their supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland on Monday, defying pandemic restrictions to express their anger at a top court ruling that tightens the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law.
Poland’s prime minister on Tuesday defended the tightening of the country’s abortion law and condemned massive nationwide protests led by women’s rights activists, saying they shouldn’t be happening amid heightened coronavirus restrictions and decrying “acts of aggression.”
Poland’s bishops’ conference decried attacks on churches by demonstrators protesting a near-total ban on abortions by the country’s Constitutional Court and urged restraint from violence and dialogue.
Pro-choice activists furious over a tightening of Poland’s already restrictive abortion law staged protests outside and inside churches Sunday, disrupting Masses and finding themselves confronted with accusations of “barbaric” behavior.