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Black Monday' Protest Across Europe

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fair enough, I think this is very important that women should be able to choose if they want a baby or not.
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It was a massive show of defiance against Poland's conservative government and the powerful Catholic Church, both of which back a new law being reviewed by Parliament that would make all abortions illegal — even in cases of rape or incest or when the woman's life is at risk.

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It's difficult to gauge exactly how many people participated in the strike, but both wire services report that it numbered in the thousands. The AP says that in major cities, participation was obvious, with shops closed and police estimating that some 17,000 people were gathered in downtown Warsaw.

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The proposal for the stricter law came from an anti-abortion citizens' initiative that had gathered 450,000 signatures in this nation of 38 million, and is supported by the church. The conservative ruling party, Law and Justice, which has a majority in parliament, includes supporters of the proposal but it's not clear if there are enough to push it through.

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Women took to the streets of the capital city, Warsaw, in a pro-choice march on what they called"Black Monday.
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Women who oppose the ban are staying away from work and school and refusing to do domestic chores, in a protest inspired by a women's strike in Iceland in 1975.
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I am always down for women coming together to make sure we are not looked upon as the lesser of the genders. All humans have the right to make their own decisions and when that is threatened we must come together for the greater good,
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The view from above at all the colorful umbrellas above the sea of black is priceless. This is a priceless photo and will go down and one that defines history.
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With the world dealing with so many issues, I am happy to see the human spirit continues to fight. A woman has a right to make her own choices.
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The strike didn't have a huge visible impact in the sense of affecting economic life in Poland. Even in large cities like Warsaw almost all shops were open and companies and offices went about their day-to-day business.
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On a gray and rainy day, they poured onto the streets of Polish cities by the thousands. The women wore black, waved black flags and raised black umbrellas overhead — gathering on"Black Monday" to protest a proposed ban on abortion.
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