Choice of The People



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Polish politicians have withdrawn draft legislation that would introduce a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling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

14 thoughts on “Choice of The People

  1. DubLoony

    Note to myself: If 20-30,000 turned out for this years march for choice, need to find another 3-4 people to go along next year to get to these numbers.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Population of Ireland: 4,713,993
      Population of Poland: 38,593,161

      I think Ireland did all right, under the circumstances…

    2. Peter Dempsey

      There’s no need to convince anybody else. According to the Twitter Repeal chamber, everybody’s made up their mind by now and any attempts to suggest otherwise (or offer advice) are met with STOP TONE POLICING responses

      1. MoyestWithExcitement

        Pretty much. Pretty much everyone that says the 8th campaign should reach out are peoole who oppose abortion. To me, it just looks like you’re upset that you’re not in charge anymore and your demands on the 8th campaign are about sending the message that they need your approval. They don’t. Society will move on without you.

  2. Starina

    Poland’s population is 38,500,000. 100,000 women marched, or approximately 0.25% of the population.

    Ireland’s population is 4,760,000. 30,000 women marched a couple weeks ago, or approximately 0.63% of the population.

    More people marched here per capita than in Poland but all we get is a powerless citizen’s assembly and complete lack of recognition in the Dáil.

    1. Cian

      In fairness, Poland’s problem (government draft law) and it’s solution (government remove said draft) was much easier to fix than ours.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Very true. It would also help if the political will was there, instead of just soft words and promises to placate voters.

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