Widespread anger among women and others was greeted by the October 22 ruling banning termination due to fetal defects, ending one of the few remaining legal grounds for abortion in a strong Catholic country with a deeply conservative government.
While the protests focused largely on abortion rights, the protests quickly turned into a flood of anger against the government of law and national justice and its allies of the Church and its traditional policies. Two protesters stripped their clothes on Tuesday in front of the Republican Palace.
The Government Publications Department had initially said that the court’s ruling would be implemented by November 2, but it has not yet been published in its official newspaper, which means that it has not yet entered into legal enforcement.
“According to the regulations, the ruling of the Constitutional Court should be published in a timely manner,” government spokesman Piotr Mueller said at a news conference in response to a question about the delay.
“But for the time being, we all need peace and discussion on this ruling, calming the mood and discussions among the experts.”
President André Duda, an ally of the Law and Justice Party, tried to quell the protests by proposing a bill reinstating the right to abortion due to fetal deformities, despite restricting it to only “fatal” defects.
Opposition politicians questioned whether the Law and Justice Party could mobilize enough votes to pass the amendment after parliament postponed the session scheduled for Wednesday for two weeks.
Deputy Chairman of the Opposition Malgorzata Kidawa-Plonska “… they have no ideas about how to solve the situation in Poland, and they do not have a majority in parliament (in favor of the bill), they are afraid to answer the questions.” Reporters.
Law and Justice Party lawmaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ryszard Terlicke, rejected any suggestion that the government lacks a majority on the issue, saying the delay relates to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Polish Federation of Women and Family Planning said Tuesday that women have intensified their efforts to obtain legal abortions in recent days before the court’s ruling goes into effect.
She said she learned of 61 hospital abortions in less than two weeks since the Constitutional Court ruling, an incidence rate that will raise the annual total well above 1,100 in 2019.