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US News Poland: Constitutional Tribunal toughens abortion law

12:00  23 october  2020
12:00  23 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Constitutional Court negotiates the left-wing lawsuit on the EU-Canada trade agreement Ceta

 Constitutional Court negotiates the left-wing lawsuit on the EU-Canada trade agreement Ceta Before the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, the hearing on an organ charge of the left faction in the Bundestag in connection with the trade agreement Ceta between the EU and Canada began. The question is whether the Bundestag violated the Basic Law with an opinion on Ceta. It will be discussed "which constitutional requirements are to be made to the Bundestag in the context of its responsibility for integration", said Court Vice President Doris König in her introduction. (Az.

The Constitutional Tribunal ( Polish : Trybunał Konstytucyjny) is the constitutional court of the Republic of Poland , a judicial body established to resolve disputes on the constitutionality of the

Poland 's abortion laws were already among the strictest in Europe but the Constitutional Tribunal 's ruling will mean an almost total ban. Once the decision comes into effect, terminations will only be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother's health is at risk. Rights groups had urged the

Une manifestante pour le droit à l'avortement devant un cordon de policier lors d'un rassemblement de protestation contre le durcissement la loi sur l'IVG par le Tribunal constitutionnel, à Varsovie le 22 octobre 2020. © AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski A protester for the right to abortion in front of a police cordon during a protest rally against the tightening of the law on abortion 'Abortion by the Constitutional Court, in Warsaw on October 22, 2020.

The Constitutional Court ruled for an almost total limitation of the voluntary termination of pregnancy in the country. Abortion for severely malformed fetuses has been deemed unconstitutional. It was one of only three cases in which it was still possible in Poland, a country where the law on the subject is one of the most restrictive in Europe.

With our correspondent in Warsaw, Sarah Bakaloglou

Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion

 Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion POLAND-ABORTION: Protests in Poland after the decision restricting the right to abortion © Reuters / Agencja Gazeta DEMONSTRATIONS IN POLAND AFTER THE DECISION RESTRICTING THE RIGHT TO WARSAW / GDYNIA ABORTION (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested across Poland on Friday, despite coronavirus restrictions, the day after a Constitutional Court ruling limiting the remedy, already restricted in the country, to abortion.

Poland ’s constitutional tribunal has ruled that abortion due to foetal defects is unconstitutional, rejecting the most common of the few legal grounds for pregnancy termination The tribunal , whose main role is to ensure that any law complies with the constitution , underwent government reforms in

Poland 's constitutional court has ruled that abortions due to birth defects, which make up a majority of all legal terminations in Poland , are MPs from the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) last year issued the legal challenge against a 1993 law permitting abortion in cases of severe foetal

At the announcement of the decision of the Constitutional Court, cries of joy burst out. For hours, anti-abortion activists had been united in front of the gates. Kaja Godek of the Life and Family Foundation, behind a citizen anti-abortion petition, is relieved. "This is a victory for Poland but also for Europe," she says. What has been proven today is that it is possible to strengthen the protection of life. »

In Poland, almost all legal abortions involve fetuses with serious malformations. The decision of the Constitutional Court therefore makes abortion in the country de facto almost impossible.

"This country is trying to kill me"

"I have the impression that this country is trying to kill me," laments Natalia Broniarczyk, who works in an organization helping Polish women to have abortions abroad. We already know that it is very difficult to have an abortion in Poland because of our stupid laws, doctors, stigma. And tomorrow it will be impossible! I am really shocked today. "

From now on, only abortions following rape, incest or in case of danger to the health of the woman are allowed in the country.

See also: Poland: unprecedented demonstration, despite the pandemic, against the ban on abortion

Abortion Act causes increasing displeasure .
With a march through downtown Warsaw, tens of thousands of Poles protest against tightening of abortion law. President Duda wants to ease the situation with a new bill.

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