'Women's Strike' protest group appoints Consultative Council

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The Women's Strike movement, the organiser of ongoing nationwide protests against an almost total abortion ban ruling by Poland's top court, has announced the lineup of its Consultative Council. The 17-member council consists of eleven women and six men.

Besides abortion rights, the Women's Strike group is also fighting for LGBT rights and the separation of church and state.

Movement leader Marta Lempart said on Sunday that the council's current task will be to oversee and coordinate the abortion ban protests. She added that there were still free seats on the council.

Demonstrations in Warsaw and other Polish cities have been ongoing since an October 22 constitutional court ruling halted pregnancy terminations due to foetal abnormalities. The judgment practically imposes an almost total ban on abortion in Poland.