"Poland is readying for a massive general strike on October 3, as part of the next stage of a protest movement against legislation strengthening the national ban on abortion. Activists in Germany are also preparing solidarity actions.
Polish women's rights activists announced a nationwide strike of female workers intended to bring Polish society and the economy to a standstill on October 3.
The strike is a continuation of the “Black Protest”, a massive
reaction to the government's latest plan to increase the severity of the
anti-abortion law by including stipulations such as five-year prison
terms for both women abortion patients — including rape victims — and
The first phase of the protests involved
digital activism, with people expressing their disagreement with the
proposed law by posting photos of themselves dressed in black, using the
hashtags #czarnyprotest (“#BlackProtest,” found here on Facebook and Twitter) and #blackprotest (Facebook, Twitter).
After the Polish Parliament proceeded with consideration of the controversial legislative proposal on September 23, activists responded with massive demonstrations in tens of Polish cities as well as in several other cities around the world the following weekend.
Right-wing national-conservative party PiS (“Law and Justice”) holds a majority in the parliament and has the backing of the Catholic Church.
Its lawmakers also voted to dismiss another piece of legislation that would have liberalized existing laws.
Proposed by the “Save Women” pro-choice coalition, and supported by a
petition with 150,000 signatures, it would have allowed for legal
abortions up until the 12th week of pregnancy."
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