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Warsaw Grinds to a Halt as Women Protest Abortion Curbs

  • Demonstrators block main streets and bridges across Poland
  • Protests come after top court negated 27-year-old abortion law
People protest against the court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Warsaw on Oct. 23.
People protest against the court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Warsaw on Oct. 23. Photographer: Omar Marques/Getty Images
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Women’s groups are ramping up protests in Poland after the country’s top court practically banned abortion.

With signs stating that “We’re Furious” and “This Is War,” mostly women protesters blocked key roads and bridges on Monday afternoon, grinding traffic to a halt in Warsaw as well as other Polish cities. The demonstrations come after the Constitutional Tribunal last week tightened what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminating pregnancies, ruling on a case brought forward by ruling-party lawmakers and their allies.