Poland's abortion protests go global

Standing in solidarity with their Polish sisters on Wednesday (October 28).

Hundreds of pro-choice demonstrators gather outside the Polish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

Chanting, revolution is a woman, they're one of several rallies around the globe this past week; angry about a top Polish court's decision to ban nearly all abortions in the predominantly Catholic nation.

There have been similar scenes in London, Oslo, Berlin, Brussels, and Chicago.

After the court ruling goes into effect, abortions due to fetal abnormalities, which make up the vast majority of legal terminations in Poland, will be banned.

The procedure will only be permitted in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's health is at risk.

"We show that we do not agree with what's happening in Poland and we want changes. Revolution is a woman."

Since the ruling was announced eight days ago, Poland has been rocked by huge demonstrations and nationwide strikes, most of them peaceful.

Protesters blame the ruling Law and Justice party for the court's decision, as well as the powerful Catholic Church.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made a direct appeal to the women's rights activists.

He urged them to halt their demonstrations for the sake of public health.

Coronavirus infections have tripled in Poland in under a month.

"Ideological disputes are for sure very important and we have to have them but let's make it in a way so that we do not create the additional danger of death, especially to the elderly, to our mothers and fathers. That's my appeal.".

More protests are planned across Poland later this week, including a mass gathering in Warsaw on Friday.