Police in Poland applied pepper spray against protesters after hundreds gathered in the capital of Warsaw to demonstrate against a near-total ban on abortions.
The highest court in Poland gave a ruling on Thursday that abortions due to fetal defects were unconstitutional.
Around 98% of abortions in Poland have been conducted as a result of fetal defects, which means the ruling bans virtually all terminations taking place in the country.
The country already has in existence some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe and will now only permit a termination in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life in danger.
The ruling triggered a furious protests in the country. On Friday riot police cracked down on crowds which gathered near the residence of the ruling Law and Justice Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Kaczynski is the Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and widely seen as the de facto decision maker in Poland, despite not being the Prime Minister or President.
According to a Warsaw police spokesman, police arrested 15 people at the protests on Friday, 14 of whom have been now been released. Authorities issued 35 fine and filed 89 motions in court.