Near-total abortion ban to be implemented soon in Poland

A ruling to impose a near-total ban on abortions in Poland is imminent their Government announced yesterday.

Near-total abortion ban to be implemented soon in Poland: The original ruling, three months ago, caused uproad across the country. It said that terminating pregnancies due to foetal abnormalities is unconstitutional, with Poland already having one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. Once the ruling takes effect the only abortions will be in the cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life is endangered.

After the announcement of the ruling more than 400,000 people across the country protested. Michał Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, told Polish media in early November “It would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation, which is difficult and stirs high emotions.” However, the court’s justification for the ruling was published on Wednesday, with Government officials saying the ruling is also due to be published the same day, which officially makes it law. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has been accused of politicising the constitutional tribunal and using it to push through its ultra-conservative agenda on abortion.

Borys Budka, the leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform, said “No law-abiding government should respect this ruling.” A protest was called for in Warsaw on Wednesday evening.


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