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Poland delays implementing new abortion law amid huge protests

Poland delays implementing new abortion law amid huge protests

Poland’s government faced huge protests across the country due to the new law. While The constitutional court ruled on October 22 that aborting fetuses with congenital defects violates the constitution, Polish women think they have the right to make a choice, CBS News reports.

Poland’s Cabinet decided to delay the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law. That controversial bill has triggered almost two weeks of nationwide protests. Today, the leaders are taking time to debate the contested ruling and find a solution.

“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,” said Michal Dworczyk, the head of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office.

The protests erupted across Poland two weeks ago. After the constitutional court ruled on October 22 that aborting fetuses with congenital defects violates the constitution, the Polish residents have shown their strong disagreement. In fact, Poland has already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.

According to the new law, it would leave only abortions in cases of risk to the woman’s life or crime — meaning rape or incest. The ruling was scheduled to be formally published on Monday. Unpublished, a bill has no legal power.