Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland -- Polish women donned black, waved black flags and took to Poland"s streets on Monday, boycotting jobs and classes as part of a nationwide strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion.

Many men -- public figures among them -- also joined the thousands of women on the streets of Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and elsewhere across the largely Catholic nation, on what has been dubbed "Black Monday." The country already has one of Europe"s most restrictive abortion laws and opinion surveys show very little support for an even stricter law, despite the nation"s deep Catholicism and conservative political direction.

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