Feb 1, 2021
In below-zero weather, tens of thousands of outraged women and young people have been marching in protest in cities in Poland. A high court decision HAD been on hold since October, but was abruptly made law by the right-wing government on January 27. The impact will be that almost all abortion will be illegal in Poland.
The red lightning bolt has become the women’s movement symbol, carried by many in Poland. This time, some protestors added green scarves out of respect for the green bandanas worn by protestors in Argentina who recently overturned an abortion ban there on December 30, 2020.
Protestors chanted, “I think, I feel, I decide!” A popular sign said, “Banning abortion discriminates against the poor.” A Reuters reporter noted that in Warsaw, protestors marched to the song, “Think!” by Aretha Franklin.
The immediate, loud denunciation of Poland’s far right government for banning poor and working class women from a necessary healthcare procedure—abortion—is important. A new generation is learning to fight and the struggle continues.