WARSAW (web Desk) – Thousands of black-clad women in Poland have gone on strike in protest against proposals for a total ban on abortions.

Women who oppose the ban are staying away from work and school and refusing to do domestic chores, in a protest inspired by a women’s strike in Iceland in 1975.

Anti-abortion protests are being held around the country too. It is unclear how many women are taking part in the action and how widespread it will be beyond big cities, BBC reported.

If the law – which has cleared one parliamentary hurdle so far – goes through it will make Poland’s abortion laws as restrictive as those in two other countries in Europe: Malta and the Vatican.

Women found to have had abortions would be punished with a five-year prison term. Doctors found to have assisted in an abortion would also be liable for jail time.