On Monday in Poland, women went on a general strike, almost a first, asserting their right to reproduce and raise children as they wish. They will not take the kids to school, they will not do the shopping, they will not load washing machines. The guideline is: “Stay with your children, donate blood, and ask for coffee to be delivered to your bed.” A similar protest was attempted in 1975 in progressive and distant Iceland, and it paralyzed the country.
Now Polish women have attempted this strategy, as an extreme form of rebellion after the protests held Saturday and last week. Women took to the streets of Warsaw en masse, dressed in black, to protest against a proposed law banning abortion that is now in parliamentary committee.
Polish law, as a result of a compromise between church and state in 1993, prohibits abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, serious fetal malformations and serious risks to the mother’s life before the 12th week of gestation.
The proposal filed last spring in Parliament was promoted by the Catholic fundamentalist anti-abortion movement Ordo Iuris with the support of right-wing forces. It aims to cancel out these few exceptions, bringing the ban up to a cosmic absolute worthy of transcendental gnosis. A similar bill with a less restrictive regulation was boycotted, while this extremist proposal continues its process.