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Pro-choice protest Warsaw, Poland on Monday

Polish politicians have withdrawn draft legislation that would introduce a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling conservatives and follows massive street protests.

Up to 100,000 women dressed in black protested throughout Poland on Monday against plans to tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion rules.

Right-wing and liberal parliamentarians in the 450-member lower house joined forces to vote 352 against 58 to reject the controversial bill, with 18 abstentions.

Poland rejects stricter abortion laws (RTÉ)

Pic: AP

Thanks Nelly Bergman


Yesterday evening.

Outside the Polish consulate on Eden Quay, Dublin.

People gathered to support the tens of thousands of protesters who yesterday demonstrated across Poland against proposals for a total ban on abortion.

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Video via Rafal Kostrzewa


In Poland.

BBC reports:

Women in Poland have gone on strike in protest against proposals for a total ban on abortion.

They marched through the streets wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights.

Women who oppose the ban are staying away from work and school and refusing to do domestic chores, in a protest inspired by a women’s strike in Iceland in 1975.

Anti-abortion protests are being held around the country too.

Women took to the streets of the capital city, Warsaw, in a pro-choice march on what they are calling “Black Monday”.

Further to this…

People who wish to express their solidarity with women in Poland are invited to bring a candle to the Polish consulate on Eden Quay this evening between 5.30 to 7pm.

Dublin – Solidarity with Polish women on strike (Facebook)

Black Monday: Women in Poland go on strike against abortion ban (BBC)



Lenny Abrahamson writes:

Huge protests happening in Poland against a full scale attack on women’s rights. They are asking for support from abroad…


Are ya Having That writes:

‘LeatherJacketGuy’ Tastes Every Polish Beer He Could Find & Tells Us Some ‘Crazy Facts About Polish People!’


From left: Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Polish Ambassador to Ireland Ryszard Sarkowicz, President of Leinster Rugby Robert McDermott and Leinster player Isaac Boss  launching the PolskaÉire Festival at Donnybrook Stadium

Come see the giants of Polish rugby in Dublin.

Sękowska-Moroney Nikola writes:

Polish and Irish rugby teams will meet for the first time in history for a friendly match on May 21st, as part of this year’s PolskaÉire Festival.

Arka Gdynia, Poland’s champions, will face a Leinster Representative Side in this historic encounter. Witness history in the making and join us on May 21st at Donnybrook Stadium…


PolskaÉire Festival

Pic: Rafał Kostrzewa

yaltaWinston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at Yalta, Crimea February 1945

The Yalta Conference.

Seventy years ago this week.

Ironically, one of the main aims of the Yalta conference got turned on its head and has shown the extraordinary turns of history. This was the aim of all the participants to punish Germany and split it into four military zones and possibly into two or three separate ‘agricultural’ Germanies, to prevent it ever coming back as one big power again, to dominate and disrupt the world.

However, with a Cold War growing, the West realised that it needed a strong Germany, and the Soviets followed suit by building up Eastern Germany. Seventy years later, and with the two Germanies united, the country is at the absolute centre of Europe, running the EU and acting as economic powerhouse for the entire continent.

…many Poles never forgave the way that they were sold into Communism by the British, having seen Britain enter the war to save them from Hitler. It is interesting that Churchill, who made much of Chamberlain’s appeasement and trust in Hitler, should himself suffer the same with the Soviet leader.

The port of Yalta and the great global carve-up (Eamon Delaney, Independent.ie)