tw: pregnancy, abortion, menstruation
in case you don’t know what’s happening in Poland right now: the government wants to make it law that since the very connection of the sperm and egg cell - before the embryo starts to develop - the cells are human life and have to be protected until natural death, and abortion would be completely banned.
this means, for example, that pregnancies developing outside the uterus, that kill both the parent and the child, cannot be aborted. victims of sexual violence have to raise children of their abusers. abortions in situations without a serious life threat, or after consensual sex were already prohibited before, this law erases all possibility of a legal abortion.
more than that, miscarriages would be investigated, and a parent who didn’t “care enough” for their pregnancy could be put in prison for ‘unintended murder’.
this is because our current ‘government’ - dictatorship - the PiS(Law and Justice) party, and its leaders claim that they will not go against the will of the roman catholic church, and we know the views of the most conservative parts of that church. the laws are being discussed in the presence of church officials. in a country that’s not supposed to be a religious state.
but what needs to spread, too, is the reaction of the people. almost everyone - from cis straight women through LGBTQIA people to straight catholic men and people who are normally ‘pro-life’ are protesting. views stopped mattering to the large majority.
thousands of people across the entire country have been protesting the law, and this is not where this ends.
various major politicians have made a point of solidarizing against the law, publishing pictures from demonstrations on their social media, and giving interviews where they speak out against the oppression. this is not a matter that’s being pushed to the side - it’s one of the main principles of anyone who cares about the country and its people.
what’s more, there are events with thousands of people taking part which assume more alternative methods of protesting. examples:
- the action to send wire hangers to the prime minister. hangers are known as the main method of extremely dangerous underground abortions. the event has interested dozens of thousands of people (i sent a hanger too!) - all it takes is going to the post and paying less than a dollar’s equivalent to ship a wire hanger straight to the prime minister’s office as a way to protest the threat of the anti-abortion law.
- following the american idea, people across the country have been calling and emailing the government to talk in detail about their fertility and periods. the action, called with a pun ‘a difficult period’, has had a growing amount of supporters. stories of calls and emails - thank you for being so interested in my fertility, sending police and lawyers to women who miscarry will give jobs to law students, my boobs hurt today, do you think i can use tampons during my next period or is that a sin? - are being published, giving amusement to fellow protesters and, hopefully, a headache to the government.
that’s not the end of it. there are dozens of actions being taken against the oppressive law, and not much of it is being spoken about by the foreign media. this has to be spread and told about, so that Poland is not just seen as the black sheep for its government, its largely conservative population and its problems, but also for the brilliant people who will rise up when oppression becomes too much.
- Polish government wants to introduce a law based on church laws that treats every abortion and most miscarriages as murder
- Thousands, even conservative men, are protesting the law
- Huge protests are happening and important figures are solidarizing with people against the introduction of the law
- Actions being taken include sending hangers straight to the prime minister, and calling/emailing her with intimate details about people’s fertility and sexual lives