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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.
POLAND-ABORTION: Coronavirus: Warsaw worries about the risks of contamination during pro-abortion protests
EVENTS by Agnieszka Barteczko and Pawel Florkiewicz
WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Tuesday for an end to the protests for the right to abortion, believing that they posed a major risk of contamination by the coronavirus.
For five days, the demonstrations follow one another in the big cities of the country to protest against a decision of the Constitutional Court which invalidated last Thursday a provision authorizing the voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) in the event of malformation of the fetus.
Poland: Constitutional Tribunal toughens abortion law
© 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.
Once the court's decision comes into force, only rape, incest and serious risks to the life or health of the mother can justify termination of pregnancy. These cases represented about 2% of abortions performed in recent years.
"These excesses that we see in the streets should absolutely not take place. We will decisively oppose any act of aggression," said Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Prime Minister added that the conservative government of Law and Justice (PiS) would guarantee the care of mothers and children born despite health problems to help them "live a normal life".
Protesters fear that women will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term despite the detection of genetic disorders in the fetus that could lead to the death of the baby during delivery or soon after.
The court ruling also fueled an unusually strong backlash against the Polish Catholic Church, with the clergy seen as very close to the ruling PiS and its ultra-conservative allies in parliament.
The marches were held across the country despite restrictions banning public gatherings of more than five people in an effort to curb the strong spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Poland on Tuesday recorded a new daily record of 16,300 new infections and last Friday imposed the closure of bars and restaurants for two weeks.
(With Anna Koper, French version Diana Mandiá, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)
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