Poland abortion ban sets stage for Women's Strike showdown

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Ruling finds abortion based on ‘severe foetal defect’ is incompatible with Polish constitution

A near-total ban on abortion in Poland has set the stage for a showdown between a protest movement known as the “Women’s Strike” and the country’s conservative ruling coalition.

Poland’s human rights ombudsman, who runs one of the few institutions in the country to remain independent from the government, said the ruling was terrible news for Polish women.

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