Polish Women Strike En Masse Over Abortion Laws
Try to run the country without them. More than 100,000 Polish women pledged on Facebook to stay home from work today as a protest against proposed new laws that would ban abortion even in the case of rape, potentially punish women who have miscarriages and end the practice of visiting neighboring countries to obtain abortions. The Polish city of Częstochowa reported that 60 percent of its female workers were absent. While Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said women’s rights aren’t being undermined, other politicians admitted they’d be open to softening the new regulations.