Warsaw. Thousands of Poles also took to the streets on Saturday against the controversial ruling by the Constitutional Court to tighten abortion law. In several cities in the country, despite Corona restrictions, people demonstrated for the third day in a row against an almost complete ban on abortions that the Supreme Court had made possible. Many of the demonstrators shouted, among other things, »freedom, equality, women’s rights«.
Poland’s highest court on Thursday declared a law unconstitutional that allows abortions in the event of a serious malformation of the fetus. Poland already has one of the strictest abortion rights in Europe. The ruling by the Constitutional Court was sharply criticized, among others, by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic.
Activists criticize the fact that a corresponding new law would constitute a total ban on abortion because 98 percent of legal abortions in Poland involve malformations of the fetus. Women with limited resources in particular could now be forced to resort to dangerous, illegal abortion methods.
The national conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) has been campaigning for a tightening of abortion law in Poland for years. She wants abortions to be possible only if the life of the pregnant woman is in immediate danger or if she became pregnant as a result of rape or incest.
The ruling that has now been passed gives the government majority in the Warsaw Parliament the green light to approve a bill to criminalize the abortion of malformed fetuses. The law would only come into force after it has been confirmed by President Andrzej Duda. The conservative head of state has already declared his support for the project. AFP / nd