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Mass Protests in Poland Over Abortion Ban

dateline: 05 October 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mass: major; a large amount
  • abortion: the act of terminating an unwanted pregnancy
  • bill: a proposed law that the government has to vote on
  • legislation: text that describes a law
  • rape: forced sexual contact
  • collapse: to fall apart

Mass Protests in Poland Over Abortion Ban

Tens of of people in Poland walked off the job and out of their classrooms on Monday to protest a total abortion ban that their government was . The Polish bill to ban abortion outright was inspired by a pro-life petition that had been signed by 100,000 people and backed by the Church. The proposed law would have banned all abortions in Poland, even in that resulted from rape. Women across Poland took to the streets wearing all black to protest the bill. The legislation, which went one step beyond Poland’s current abortion law, collapsed this week following the “Black Monday” protest.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was the “Black Monday” protest?
  2. What inspired the proposed bill?
  3. What does the report say about Poland’s current abortion law?

Discussion Questions: The proposed abortion ban in Poland came with a five-year prison sentence that women and their doctors would face for breaking the law. In your opinion, does a government have the right to punish or prevent a woman for terminating an unwanted pregnancy?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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