Protesters express solidarity with Polish sisters

Protesters in Station Square on Saturday.

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Around a dozen people in Oban joined thousands across the country protesting against Poland’s new abortion laws on Saturday.

Organised by Anna Bojarska, the group gathered at the clock in Station Square to raise awareness of the issue which was sparked off last Thursday when a Polish court ruling banned almost all abortions – with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or where the mother’s health is at risk.

Abortions carried out when the foetus is malformed, which accounted for 98% of legal terminations last year, have now been outlawed.

‘By supporting women in Poland and going out into the streets, I wanted to spread the word about this problem,’ said Anna.

‘Knowing that there have been protests in Poland since the law was passed I decided not to stand indifferently and support women in Poland in their struggle.

‘I knew that on Saturday in Edinburgh in front of the Polish embassy there was a protest of Polish women and men against the withdrawal of the right, which is already very radical in Poland, to allow a decision to terminate a pregnancy in the case of severe birth defects. What is happening in Poland now is a violation of human rights.

‘Me, my children and many other Polish women who live in Scotland are lucky to live here and have the opportunity to decide.

‘Such a right was taken from women living in Poland. There is already a ban on abortion in Poland, however, the law allowed abortion in the case of confirmed severe fetal impairment and in the case of rape – in these two cases women had the right to choose.

‘Under the cover of coronavirus at night The Constitutional Court changed the law without informing and without public discussion on abortion rights in special cases. The Polish government does not support the family in any way, treatment, rehabilitation and care rests solely on the shoulders of the parents.’