I saw a whole lot of police on the Dam square this afternoon, and wandered over to see what the protest was this time.
It’s protest to preserve women’s right to have an abortion, and it’s there as a counter a march from “Screeuw om leven” (Scream for life).
Their pamphlet points out that there are worrying changes in the Netherlands that could put pressure on the current liberal abortion laws. The Christian Unie party (with six of 150 seats in the second house) is exerting pressure, and through their pressure the “Vereniging ter Berscherming van het ongeboren kind” (society for the protection of the unborn child) will be advising on a new abortion guideline for doctors and counsellors.
Their presence there was stronger than that of the “Screeuw om Leven” group, but both groups seemed peaceful. However I can imagine that concerns of the police led to the strong police presence.
It saddens me. My mother fought for abortion rights when I was a child, and we’re back here again?