A year ago today the women of Poland took to the streets armed with black umbrellas, and a sense of outrage, to protest the government’s plans to ban abortion and criminalise miscarriage. Due to the sheer number of protestors the government backed down and ultimately threw out a bill which would have essentially granted women the status of cattle.
365 days later the debate has resurfaced as yet again a bunch of bigoted bastards, supported by the Catholic Church, and the de facto leader of the government Jaroslaw Kaczynski, have been circulating petitions in yet another effort to take away a woman’s right to decide what happens to their own body. It is incredibly saddening to see a government and a religious institution show such a blatant disregard for women in the 21st century.
Today all across Poland and beyond, women will again take to the streets armed with black umbrellas to remind the government that they have minds of their own and that they are not afraid to use them. This fight is not even a conversation we should be having in 2017.
When a government is able to force their will on its people, it ceases to be a democratic institution and becomes a dictatorship. The very fact that this issue has resurfaced in 12 months only demonstrates the government’s nefarious intentions. This is not an issue that the PiS led government of Poland is going to drop, it is not going to go away. If by any chance the Ratujemy Kobieta(Save the women) driven protests manage to succeed in their efforts today this issue will keep coming back as long as this party remains in power. There can be no victory, and no rest, until these Neanderthal, bigoted, fundamentalist arseholes are driven out of public office once and for all.
For Polish Speakers – you can sign the Ratujemy Kobieta Petition here
A year ago I published a novelette dedicated to the protestors in Poland entitled PiSlamistan. You can get it in English here
You can get PiSlamistan po polsku tutaj