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Polish Police Use Tear Gas as Abortion Curbs Spark Protests

  • Police say 15 people were detained during protests in Warsaw
  • Court tightens one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws
Demonstrations in Krakow on Oct. 25. Poland’s high court said a 27-year-old rule allowing the termination of pregnancies due to damaged fetuses was unconstitutional. 

Demonstrations in Krakow on Oct. 25. Poland’s high court said a 27-year-old rule allowing the termination of pregnancies due to damaged fetuses was unconstitutional. 

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Police used tear gas on protesters after Poland’s top court ruled to further tighten one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws.

In Warsaw, police gassed a crowd near the residence of ruling party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the architect of Poland’s nationalist remake over the past five years. Thousands gathered across the country in impromptu demonstrations on Thursday.