Poland’s right-wing government has delayed the publication and implementation of a high-court ruling to tighten abortion law and has sparked nearly two weeks of protests nationwide.
A government official said on Tuesday that the leaders are taking time to debate the controversial ruling and find a solution.
Micha Dworczyk, head of the prime minister’s office, said: “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good if you take some time to talk and find a new position in difficult and emotional situations. This powerful movement ”.
Last month, a constitutional court ruled that abortion with a birth defect violated the constitution, while further tightening what was already one of Europe̵7;s most restrictive abortion laws.
That means that the only abortions allowed under Polish law would be in cases where the woman’s life is at risk, or crime – that is, rape or incest.
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 Unpublished, it has no legal powers.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 a ban on public gatherings in numbers greater than five in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called for talks with protesters and opposition lawmakers to find a solution.
With Poland stirred by efforts to further curb abortion, surveys show support for the ruling Conservative Law and Justice party and for its leader, the deputy head. General Jarosław Kaczyński, fell sharply.
President Andrzej Duda, who is in line with the government, proposed a new law that would allow the abortion of life-threatening malformations but ban them for disorders like Down syndrome. However, this idea is believed to be 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 say that delaying the publication of the award violates a legal requirement that constitutional court decisions are made “without undue delay.”
“This is the worst option so far,” said Marcin Matczak, a law professor at the University of Warsaw. “It ends with this approach that if someone doesn’t like the constitutional court’s ruling, he can’t 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 court, the government delayed the publication of some court rulings, to two years and only bowed. when pressed by other European Union leaders.