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(en) Poland, Warsaw: action against Catholic birth control conference

Date Sun, 26 Nov 2006 19:43:14 +0200

On Sat. 25th, anarchists from FA Praga organized a small informational
action at a birth control conference organized by Catholics at the Medical
BACKGROUND -- It isn't enough that abortion is not allowed in Poland, but the
fundamentalist government has been conducting a full-fledged war against
birth control information.
It started last when when the newly-elected government started appointed
fundamentalist quacks to ministerial positions. The people who are
responsible for state policy on sexual education and family planning have
often appeared in public to disinform people. Among the most popular stories
they are spreading is that hormonal contraception will make women infertile.
More recently, a bill was presented in parliament which would require
condoms to bear a warning label that they do may lead to infertility (!) and
would require these "facts" to be taught in school. Accompanying this all is
the idea that the calendar method is the best and that children should be
taught this way at school. Instead of having separate classes on sex
education, these ideas should be incorporated in biology and religious


A number of Catholics organized a conference at the Medical Academy.
Although the public was invited as well, the main target of this conference
were medical students who could hear the latest scientific findings of
Opus-Dei and other Catholic extremist - sponsored "scientists" and
"doctors". The purpose of the conference was to try to convince the medical
students that artificial methods of birth control are so dangerous that its
immoral to encourage their use.

Anarchists handed out alternative information to those who showed up at the
conference. The booklets given out had also been given out earlier to high
school students, for example at an "open-university" lecture on birth
control which was organized by Students' Initiative and took place on the
sidewalk in front of the Ministry of Education a couple of months ago.
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