Hundreds of women demonstrated in Warsaw, Poland demanding more accessibility to abortion, better working conditions and more state support raising children.
Protesters waved banners calling for the state to open more nurseries and preschools, better job security and equal pay for women. Demonstrators also called for more access to professionally performed legal abortions that help protect the lives of women.
This is an annual demonstration usually held days before International Women’s Day.
The right to an abortion in Poland is only allowed when pregnancy endangers the woman’s life, is the result of rape or incest, or when the fetus has an incurable defect.
Women’s rights activists are voicing their concern that these rules may become more restricted by the ruling conservative Law and Justice party who are considered by some to be Catholic right-wingers.