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"Black Monday" Protesters Are Heard: A Lesson in 'Humility' for Polish Government

"Black Monday" Protesters Are Heard: A Lesson in 'Humility' for Polish Government

On Monday, thousands of men and women gathered in the streets of Warsaw, Poland, to protest the country's proposed "total abortion ban," a ban that would ensure the prohibition of any and all abortions in the country, making it even more difficult than it already is for a woman to receive one.

Dressed in all black, waving black flags, wielding black umbrellas, and boycotting work and school, the protesters named the event "Black Monday," which Glamour says was "inspired by a 1975 protest for equal rights in Iceland, where women refused to do housework, or take care of their children for 24 hours."

And, their ongoing efforts did not go unnoticed, in fact, their voices were more than just heard, they were acknowledged.

On Wednesday, CTV News reported that the country's conservative government announced that "mass protests by women against a total abortion ban have been a lesson in 'humility' for the country's leadership," adding that for this reason, "there will not be a total abortion ban."

Though this is a win for pro-choice Polish citizens, it is only the first. The abortion law that currently stands in the country mandates that abortions are only legal "in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother's life or irreparable damage to a fetus."

NEXT: Yes, We Should Talk About Abortion, and Here's Why »

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