WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that women should have the right to an abortion in the case of a congenitally damaged fetus, apparently with a conservative leadership banned to break ranks – the collective road. Protests have been promoted.
“It cannot be that the law requires such heroism from a woman,” Duda said in an interview with Radio RMF FM.
She spoke after a constitutional court ruling that seven days of massive protests in Poland declaring it unconstitutional to terminate pregnancy due to congenital defects of the fetus. The ruling effectively bans almost all abortions in a country that was already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.
That decision has led to large nationwide protests, with young people calling for women rights activists to take to the streets to protect their freedoms.
Long-rippling deep divisions in Poland are now spreading on the streets.
On Thursday night, men from a far-flung group All-Polish Youth attacked women taking part in overnight protests in some cities, including Wroclaw, Pozna और and Balystok.
Following her actions, Poland’s most powerful politician, Jaroslav Kaczyवski, leader of the ruling party, called on his supporters to take to the streets to protect the churches, as women disrupted the public on Sunday and paint-sprayed the churches.
Many interpreted Kaczynski’s call as allowing violence against protesters.
Duda’s comments contrasted with his initial reaction last week on Thursday, when he welcomed the ruling, and insisted on his opposition to abortion even if the fetus was irreversibly damaged.
He indicated differences of opinion with Kaczynski on the issue of safety, stating that the police should have sole responsibility for the safety of the roads.