By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 13

Photo by Iga Lubczanska
Photo by Iga Lubczanska

On “Black Monday,” October 3, 2016, tens of thousands of women in Poland wore black and participated in a protest against a strict abortion ban. The ban could endanger women’s lives by forcing them to carry a pregnancy even when it is a direct threat to the woman’s life, and making women afraid to seek medical help when they need it. Despite derogatory comments by Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, the government listened to the women and dropped the proposed bill. Public opinion changed because of the protests. Polls show that 74 percent of Polish people no longer support the ban.