A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional.
Only 1,100 legal abortions are officially reported to have been carried out in Poland last year. But women’s rights groups estimate more than 200,000 women in Poland accessed abortion illegally or travelled abroad for the procedure.
Poland enacted a controversial new reform to its Supreme Court forcing nearly 40 percent of its judges into early retirement in what observers say is the latest in a string of attempts by the nationalist government to control the country’s judiciary system.
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