Women's Strike ends Sunday protest

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The Women's Strike organisation ended its Sunday protest in Warsaw shortly after 3:00 p.m. The demonstration was one in a series of ongoing protests against a constitutional court ruling tightening abortion laws.

Earlier, the main group of protesters gathered in Warsaw's Zoliborz district to demonstrate near the home of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), whom they hold responsible for the ruling.

On October 22, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal, which verifies the constitutionality of Polish laws, ruled that abortion is unconstitutional in the case of a severely damaged foetus. The ruling leaves two situations in which a pregnancy can be terminated: when the pregnancy is the result of a crime or when it poses a danger to the mother's health or life.

Regular mass protests aganst the verdict have been taking place countrywide ever since.

On Sunday afternoon, large riot police units blocked off protesters from reaching Kaczynski's home, and several demonstrators were detained.