Whether you have experienced childbirth, or you know someone whose child died after delivery, or you know someone having to raise a disabled child alone, women are sharing stories. These are not topics you raise at the dinner table at Christmas, but thanks to the abortion bill, people started to talk about them.
My latest report for The Guardian describes how Poland’s growing women’s rights movement has responded to the backlash from its victory over a proposed blanket ban on abortion earlier this month. You can read the article here.
Leaders have vowed to keep up the pressure on the country’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), with ongoing protests against proposed restrictions on abortion.
Many women have been incensed by the ruling party’s characterisation of the protesters as unwitting victims of manipulation by the government’s political opponents.
The protestors also include many self-identified Catholics dismayed by what they regard as an excessively politicised church failing in its duty to show compassion.
And recent instances of online shaming and attempts to bully and humiliate a number of high-profile supporters of the so-called “black protests” have sparked a national conversation about the treatment of women in Polish society at large.