Mass protests? Anti-choice Church provokes violence while largely peaceful pro-choice campaigners attend Mass to defend Poland against severely damaged foetuses
According to the Telegraph, ‘[p]ro-choice campaigners have accused a Polish leader of stirring “civil war” after he urged members of the public to protect churches from being targeted during protests over a controversial abortion ruling’, which ‘found that a clause permitting terminations where there is severe damage to the foetus was unconstitutional’; on taking effect, it will allow abortions ‘only if a pregnancy threatens the woman’s health or is the result of a crime such as rape.’ Campaigners ‘spoke out ... as they observed a general strike’ on the ‘sixth day of demonstrations, some of which have involved disrupting masses in Catholic churches.’ Deputy prime minister and leader of the Law and Justice Party Jaroslaw Kaczyński ‘urged supporters to defend the churches from attack’, although ‘some churches’ were ‘already attracting far-Right vigilantes who have skirmished with protesters’; ‘critics’ have ‘accused’ Mr Kaczyński of ‘stoking tensions even further’ as in a speech he ‘claimed that the alleged attacks on churches were “intended to destroy Poland”’; meanwhile ‘the prospect of churches becoming a magnet for protests has alarmed the Catholic Church’, and Polish primate Wojciech Polak ‘said that although the Church opposed abortion, “we cannot forget the commandment to love thy neighbour”’ (‘Minister stoking civil war, Polish women say’, Telegraph, October 29, 2020). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/28/polish-deputy-pm-accused-inciting-civil-war-calling-people-defend/
So – the anti-choice Church has become ‘a magnet for protests’ from largely peaceful pro-choice campaigners, who have been attending Mass merely in order to defend Poland against severely damaged foetuses - meantime, ‘far-Right vigilantes’ have ‘skirmished with protesters’, and the leader of the Law and Justice Party has been ‘stoking tensions even further’ for calling on people to defend churches from ‘alleged attacks’.
An opinion poll in the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper found ‘74 per cent of respondents opposed the ruling’ with only ‘12 per cent in favour’, although according to Wikipaedia the newspaper covers the news ‘from a liberal perspective’, and the exact number of people taking part in the ‘general strike was unclear’, since ‘many are already working from home.’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/28/polish-deputy-pm-accused-inciting-civil-war-calling-people-defend/
But the attacks on churches are real, https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-defender-of-polish-churches-describes-blasphemous-pro-abortion-attacks?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=06005e795f-Catholic_10_27_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-06005e795f-402356341
and interior minister Mariusz Kaminski, who ‘has vowed tough police action “in the face of further attempts of similar acts of aggression and desecration announced by the leaders and organisers of the protests”’, announced that ‘76 people had been detained in connection to protests at churches, and that prosecutors were carrying out proceedings in 101 cases.’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/28/polish-deputy-pm-accused-inciting-civil-war-calling-people-defend/
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, nothing is happening – or so one would think judging by the current lack of media coverage. Of course, in Hong Kong the protesters have been demonstrating for the right to democracy, not the right to kill; and they are at very real risk of being killed for it.
The ‘mass protests’ against Polish churches may not destroy Poland, but if the ‘pro-choice’ protesters get their way, abortion will. However, the victims will not have the chance to protest, because they will not be given the chance of life.