Warsaw, Poland – Poland’s right-wing government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high-court ruling tightening abortion law and that has caused almost two weeks. A government official said on Tuesday that the leaders are taking time to debate the controversial ruling and work out a solution.
Michal Dworczyk, head of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office, said: “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good if you take a moment to talk and find a new position in a difficult situation. This towel and stir ”.
The constitutional court ruled on October 22 that abortion with birth defects violated the constitution, effectively tightening what was already one of Europe̵7;s most restrictive abortion laws. .
It will be for abortion only in cases where the life of the woman is in danger or the crime – that is, rape or incest – is permitted under Polish law.
The verdict is expected to be officially announced on Monday. Unpublished, it has no legal powers.
Daily large-scale anti-government protests have been organized by hundreds of thousands since the ruling. The mostly young protesters have disregarded the threat of the pandemic and banned public gatherings of greater than five people to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Morawiecki has called for talks with protesters and opposition lawmakers to find a solution.
With Poland stirred by efforts to further restrict abortion, surveys show support for the ruling Conservative Law and Justice party as well as for its leader, the Deputy Prime Minister. General Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has plummeted.
Meanwhile, President Andrzej Duda, who is in line with the government, proposed a new law that would allow the abortion of babies with life-threatening malformations but ban them for disorders like Down syndrome. But this idea is seen as still too limited for many people and does not seem likely to win full support in parliament.
Women’s rights activists criticized Duda’s proposal and Morawiecki’s invitation to negotiate, and are planning more protests this week.
Experts in constitutional law argue that delaying the publication of the award would be wrong because it would violate a legal provision that the constitutional court decisions are published “without undue delay.”
“This is the worst case scenario so far,” said Marcin Matczak, a law professor at the University of Warsaw. “This approach summarizes that if someone doesn’t like the Constitutional Court’s ruling, he might not publish it.”
The decisions are published by the government in the Law Journal.
Immediately after Law and Justice gained power in 2015 and took steps to control the constitutional courts, the government delayed the publication of some court rulings, even two years and only. bow when pressured by the leaders of the European Union.