“Large-scale protests have had an impact!” Deutsche News Agency reported on the 4th that after Polish women carried out national protests for nearly two weeks.
Polish government announced on the 3rd that it would postpone the publication and enforcement of a “most stringent” decision by the High Court. Abortion Law”.
A government spokesperson said at a press conference on the 3rd that Poland needs a calm time to discuss the High Court’s ruling on the prohibition of abortion for most pregnant women in order to find a new solution.
The Director of the Office of the Prime Minister of Poland, Mikhail Dvorčić, also said: “In this difficult and emotional atmosphere, it is good to take time to talk and find new positions.”
The Polish government department initially stated that the High Court’s decision will be It will be implemented before November 2, but has not yet been published in its official gazette, which means that the ruling has not yet taken effect.
On October 22, the Polish High Court ruled on a “strict abortion law.” The abortion ban almost bans all abortions, stipulating that pregnant women can only undergo abortions when rape, incest, or the health of the pregnant woman is at risk.
This means that even if the fetus is defective, pregnant women cannot seek an abortion. For two weeks, thousands of women have staged large-scale protests across the country, with tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands participating every day.
This is the largest public protest since Poland’s ruling party, the Law and Justice Party (PiS) took power in 2015.
Politicians and organizations in many European countries also supported the protests. German “Daily” reported on the 4th that Claudia Ross, vice chairman of the German Bundestag, also supported the protesters and demanded that Poland lift the new ban.
She wrote on her official website, “Now is the time for the German government and the European Union to maximize political pressure on the Polish government.”
In the face of domestic and international pressures, Polish President Andrzej Duda also “relaxed” his position and proposed a new abortion draft: prenatal examinations or other medical signs indicate that the baby has “fatal defects”.
If the baby will die after birth, pregnant women can legally abort. However, this draft was not endorsed by women’s organizations, who said they would continue to fight for abortion rights.