The Week in Women: Poland rejects an abortion ban, Demi Lovato has ‘Bad Blood,’ and sexist soccer players get their due

A girl waves a black flag as people take part in a nationwide strike and demonstration to protest against a legislative proposal for a total ban of abortion on October 3, 2016 in Warsaw. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Phew, what a volatile week! Many an expectation was upended, and changes of heart dominated the headlines. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

In a surprising about-face, lawmakers in Poland voted Thursday to decisively withdraw a law that would ban abortion—even in cases of rape, incest, and grave health concerns—and imprison women who undergo the procedure. Officials had the option to send the bill to a parliamentary committee for further consideration, but opted instead to reject it entirely. On Monday of this week, thousands of women, dressed entirely in black, took to streets throughout the country to protest the legislation. Jaroslaw Gowin, Poland’s minister of science and higher education, told the Associated Press that the mass demonstrations “caused us to think and taught us humility.”

Barbara Bush, daughter of George W. and scion of a Republican dynasty, may be voting for Hillary Clinton this November. Over the weekend, Bush made an appearance at a Paris fundraiser for the Democratic presidential nominee, and posed for photos with longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. A spokesperson for George W. Bush declined to comment, but this might mark the second time that a member of the Bush family has expressed support for Clinton. Last month, rumors swirled that former President George H.W. Bush would be casting a ballot for Clinton in the upcoming election. Why would a notable Republican family shift its support to the Democrats? We do wonder.

Two Czech soccer players, who proclaimed that women “should stay at the stove,” are likely experiencing a change of heart after being forced to train with a women’s soccer team. Lukas Vacha and Tomas Koubek of the Sparta Prague team were upset after a female referee missed an offside call. “[W]omen should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football,” Koubek told reporters. Vacha later tweeted a picture of the referee with the caption, “To the stove.” Sparta’s general director said in a statement that the duo would be ordered to train with the club’s women’s team, “so they can see women can be skillful somewhere else than at the stove.” How sweet the sound of poetic justice.

Tweens, grab some tissues: Demi Lovato has proclaimed that she will be taking a break from the spotlight in 2017. Writing on Twitter, the pop star said that she is “not meant for this business and the media.” The announcement came on the same day that Lovato incurred the wrath of Taylor Swift fans for telling Glamour magazine that Swift’s “girl squad” perpetuates “a false image of what people should look like.” Lovato also came down on Swift for appropriating feminism “as part of [her] brand.” Swift, presumably, would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.

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