Poland is postponing the tightened abortion law for the time being, the government said on Tuesday local media know. The stricter rules around abortion were set to take effect on Monday, but the government now wants more time to discuss the law. In recent weeks there have been massive demonstrations against the law.
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The Polish Supreme Court ruled last month that abortion is also not allowed on the basis of serious abnormalities in an unborn child. This makes abortion virtually impossible in the Eastern European country.
The decision will only take effect when the government publishes it officially. That publication was scheduled for Monday, but has now been postponed. It is not clear when the tightening will take effect.
“There is a discussion going on. It would be good to allow some time for dialogue,” said Michal Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister’s office. The Guardian. According to him, the law triggers many emotions.
In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Poles have taken to the streets in protest against the law. The demonstrations threaten to turn into anti-government protests. The ruling Law and Justice party is doing poorly in the polls.
Local media write that the government hopes to get the wind out of the sails of the protesters by delay.
Thanks to the new tightening, abortion would only be allowed if the woman’s life is in danger, or in the case of rape or incest.
President Andrzej Duda has proposed as a compromise to allow abortion into law when the derogation is life-threatening to unborn children, but this solution seems unpopular and cannot count on a majority in parliament.
Several women’s rights organizations have been invited to enter into talks with the government, but say demonstrations are still planned.