Thousands of people have blocked roads across Poland on the fifth consecutive day of protests against a court’s near-total ban on abortion.

In the capital Warsaw, protesters blocked the main intersections, stopping cars and trams for about an hour.

Some carried placards with slogans like “I wish I could abort my government”.

The protests are considered unusual in a country where the Roman Catholic Church has great influence.

They follow a ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court that ending the life of a deformed foetus is unconstitutional.

There were blockades in about 50 cities across the country today.

The previous day, protesters disrupted church services and graffiti was sprayed on the walls of Warsaw churches.

The court ruling last week closed one of the few remaining legal grounds for abortion in Poland.

It means abortion is only valid in cases of rape or incest, or to protect the mother’s life.