Poland: Abortion rights focus of annual women’s rights march

March 4, 2018

Some 2,000 women march through downtown in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in the annual feminist "Manifa" march held to mark International Women's Day and campaign for women's rights. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 2,000 women with colorful banners have walked through Poland’s capital city for an annual Women’s Day march in defense of women’s rights, including unrestricted right to abortion.

The 19th Warsaw “Manifa” march on Sunday focused on Poland’s strict anti-abortion law. It was enacted 25 years ago and allows pregnancies to be terminated for three reasons: when a woman’s life or health is threatened, the fetus is incurably sick or irreversibly damaged or a pregnancy results from a criminal act.

Poland’s right-wing ruling party wants to ban the possibility of abortion of sick fetuses, a plan that has drawn vehement protests from women’s organizations.

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