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Poland Delays Implementing New Abortion Law as Nationwide Protests Continue

The Polish government has delayed the publication and implementation of a controversial top court ruling that bans nearly all abortions as nationwide protests continue.

The Polish government has delayed the publication and implementation of a controversial top court ruling that bans nearly all abortions as nationwide protests continue.

Head of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s Office Michal Deorczyk said last Nov. 3 that the leaders are taking time to discuss the Constitutional Court ruling to find a solution for the issue.

“There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation that is difficult and stirs high emotions,” Deorczyk said.

The Oct. 22 court ruling was set to be formally published last Nov. 2 by the government in the Journal of Laws for it to take legal effect.

The ruling outlaws abortions in cases of fetuses with congenital defects and only allows abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the mother’s life.

Protesters have been gathering in several cities for nearly two weeks, defying the ban on public gatherings of more than five people intended to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Last Oct. 30, over 100,000 protesters gathered in Warsaw, the largest gathering so far.

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