İrem UZUN -TDO- Poland’s rightwing government has delayed implementation of a controversial court ruling that would outlaw almost all abortion after it prompted the largest protests since the fall of communism. “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation, which is difficult and stirs high emotions,” Michal Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, said.
Widespread outrage among women and others greeted the October 22 ruling which bans terminations due to fetal defects, ending one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in a staunchly Roman Catholic country with a deeply conservative government. While focused largely on abortion rights, the protests quickly turned into an outpouring of anger against the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government, its church allies and its traditionalist policies.
The government's publications department had initially said the court's verdict would be enforced by November 2, but it has not yet been published in its official gazette, meaning it has not entered into legal force. "According to the regulations, the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal should be published in a timely manner," government spokesman Piotr Muller told a news conference when asked about the delay. "At the moment, however, we all need peace and discussion around this judgment, a quieting down of the public mood and discussions among experts," he said.