POLAND – Poland Protests Changing Into Broader Opposition (Gitika Bhardwaj, Annabelle Chapman, Kerry Longhurst, Chatham House)

Hundreds of thousands of women have been protesting in what has become the largest demonstrations seen in Poland since the fall of communism in 1989.

Sparked by a decision by the constitutional court to remove one of the last remaining grounds for abortion, it has grown into broader opposition against the government, with supporters using the slogan #ThisIsWar. Why has this decision, and the outrage it has caused, been so significant?