Polish government delays implementation of disputed Bloomberg abortion ruling

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© Bloomberg. People hold up a giant women’s strike banner and shout slogans as they continue to protest against the Constitutional Court’s decision to tighten the abortion law in Krakow on November 1.

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(Bloomberg) – The Polish government is blocking the implementation of a court ruling effectively banning abortion amid some of the biggest street protests since the fall of communism.

Although the political climate is tense, it could be just a bureaucratic slowdown. The verdicts become binding after being published in an official government journal and the cabinet had until November 2 to issue a ruling that further tightens one of Europe’s toughest pregnancy termination laws.

“There is a discussion on the president’s proposal and it is good to give yourself some time to dialogue and find a new post,” Michal Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister’s chancellery, told TVN24 on Tuesday. .

The standoff with the protesters comes as the government told people to stay indoors to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has not stopped pro-choice women from taking to the streets.

The ruling Law & Justice party has lost around a quarter of its supporters as the struggle for civil liberties drags on.

Delay tactics?

The cabinet has in the past delayed the release of rulings it disagreed with, but this time the move appears to be aimed at avoiding – at least for now – an escalation that could fuel even larger protests. .

Last Friday at least 100,000 people gathered for a march in Warsaw and more than half a million protested across the country.

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