A controversial Polish court ruling calling for a near-total abortion ban will go into effect Wednesday, the government said in an announcement that is expected to spark major protests.
“The verdict will be published today in the Journal of Laws,” the government information center said on Twitter.
Poland was rocked by massive demonstrations when the Constitutional Court’s ruling was first passed in October.
The verdict said abortion for fetal abnormalities was “incompatible” with the constitution.
This means that all abortions are prohibited in Poland, except in cases of rape and incest and when the mother’s life or health is considered to be at risk.
The ruling is in line with the policy of the ruling right-wing Party for Law and Justice (PiS).
The government said the reasons for the October 22 ruling would also be made public.
Women’s Strike, the organization behind the demonstrations, called for a protest in front of the Constitutional Court in Warsaw later on Wednesday.
“Express your anger today as you see fit,” Marta Lempart, a leading protest organizer, said at a press conference.
“We urge everyone to take to the streets,” she said.
Klementyna Suchanow, another organizer of Women’s Strike, said: “All of Poland is mobilizing not only in Warsaw. We are ready!
“When we talk about hell for women, we can also talk about hell for government. We will make this hell for you,” she said.
The predominantly Catholic Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.
There are fewer than 2,000 legal abortions a year and women’s groups estimate that another 200,000 women have abortions either illegally or abroad.
The government delayed publication of the verdict after nationwide demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions banning rallies.
The protests sparked by the abortion ruling soon became the expression of broader anti-government sentiment.
The largest protests brought tens of thousands of people together. The organizers said it was a “revolution” of the generations against the status quo, including the Catholic hierarchy of Poland.
The government has defended the ruling, saying it will stop “eugenic abortions,” but human rights groups have said it will force women to have non-viable pregnancies.
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