Portraits of participants in the protest on the abortion ban In Szczecin, Poland from October 26th, 2020. Angered women and their supporters blocked rush-hour traffic in many cities of Poland.

Nationwide protests against a recent court ruling that tightened Poland’s restrictive abortion law further. The court effectively banned almost all abortions. The symbol of the fight against the new law was the sign of red lightning visible on the faces and masks of the participants.

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Wolfstar
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1 year ago

To all of the anti-abortion comments here: would you force a raped child, probably 12 or 13, to give up her childhood because she gave birth to a child? How would you feel, knowing that your childhood was stolen because of something that could have been prevented?

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Carole Deem
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1 year ago

metal clothes hanger, grim reminder of the past.

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Kubu
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1 year ago

I'd like to use this blank comment section to explain why it's not just anti anti-abortion protest but pro life protest in fact. A court ruling on October 22 deemed abortion due to fetal defects to be unconstitutional. What this means is the women cannot abort fatally damaged fetus (for example lack of brain). These already traumatized women are now being turned into living coffins, since these births are going to result in short, painful and hopeless, vegetative existence on paliative* care since day of birth. It's already hopeless situation means double trauma for the mothers, for their partners, families. And government saying so much about protecting life actually destroys these adult lives, these people who wouldn't want to abort the babies if they were to be healthy and not about to die in hours/days/weeks after birth. IT IS NOT A PRO ABORTION PROTEST. * it means it cannot be helped, just reduces the discomfort, pain, like in terminal cancer patients.

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Wolfstar
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1 year ago (edited)

(First part) Before anyone makes anti-abortion comments, I'd like to say something. I am not here to draw you from your beliefs, I merely wish to share information from various health institutions. Many people consider abortion as murder. An example of murder is the killing of your sister, or perhaps a co-worker or friend. They are people, that is why we call an individual a person. A baby. A baby is a person that has been born. They are alive. During a miscarriage, the baby will be alive, but for a short amount of time. Still, they are alive. Now, a fetus. It is not alive. A fetus is an unborn child. Keyword: unborn. They are not alive. Apparently, some people believe a fertilized egg is a born person. If we can devote millions of dollars to save fertilized eggs, then why can't we devote millions of dollars to preventing miscarriages. People will attribute that to 'natural' causes. Would you call a miscarriage a murder? Hardly. Abortion, in some people's eyes, is murder. Yes, a miscarriage and an abortion are quite different, but in the end, the outcome is the same. The child will not be alive.

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Jette Wang Wahnon
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1 year ago

It is rather ironic that Poland now are tightening their abortion laws as in the 50ties-60ties Poland was the go-to country if you wanted an abortion.Lots of Scandinavians who did not have the abortion law yet went there.Apparently money was more important than Catholicism or the Solidarity Movement was a bigger problem for the government...just saying

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The Cute Cat
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1 year ago

Lightning is the protest symbol? Can someone explain its reference?

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Wolfstar
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1 year ago

I don't understand why abortion is viewed as murder. It cannot be murder if the child is unborn, they are not alive. Many women get an abortion because they don't want to or cannot take care of the child. Some women get an abortion because they don't want the side effects that come with giving birth. Abortion can be beneficial to the unborn child and mother. What if the mother didn't have the resources to take care of her child? You'd be letting the child be born into poverty and suffer. The mother would have to watch her child suffer and be powerless to do anything about it. What if the mother wanted to finish her education first? She wouldn't be able to achieve her goals with a child. We women have control over our own bodies, it is not up to the government to decide what we get to do with ourselves. Not all women are Christians either, so you cannot force them to give birth because of a religion they don't follow. We do not belong to you. We are not your slaves. You do not own us.

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Carole Deem
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1 year ago

slave chains around her neck

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giraffescupcakesandlove
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1 year ago

This is a great photo, but put on your mask!

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Guy MacGregor
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1 year ago

if not covering the nose, the mask is useless

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CHARLOTTE SCHWEIZER
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1 year ago

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the only abortion I don't support is when it's illegal and when there is nothing wrong with the baby you just don't want to be preggos. otherwise, I understand that it's better for the baby if there's an issue and you're pretty much just saving it from a traumatizing life/saving yourself from the possible pain of losing the baby shortly after birth.

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