Thousands of women in black went on strike across Poland on Monday, closing down restaurants, government offices and university classes, and blocking access to the ruling party headquarters in Warsaw to protest against plans for a total ban on abortion.

During his final days, famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, with fawning Parisian women fainting all around him, he made the gruesome request that his heart be taken from his corpse and sent back to his home country, knowing full well that his body would never leave Paris. Fryderyk Chopin’s heart was taken from his body when he died and buried in the Church of Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland.