Women stage church walkout in Poland over abortion laws

Groups of Catholic women walked out of Masses in two Polish cities to protest at a proposed tightening of the nation’s abortion laws.

They walked out of churches in Warsaw and Gdansk.

At the Warsaw church of St Anna, the women shouted “scandal” as a priest read out a letter from Poland’s bishops in favour of a total ban on abortion.

The conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in Poland last October, plans to tighten abortion regulations to bring them into line with the Catholic Church’s teachings.

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