- Jan 20, 2021
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he is asking his country’s top constitutional court to study Europe’s Istanbul Convention against domestic violence before his right-wing government decides whether to exit the pact.
Poland’s ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate “pathology” in the Catholic Church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles.
The Catholic ruling party in Poland has instituted a law against shops being open on Sunday. There is a wide variety of opinions about the fairness of the law, but the Catholic Church there supports it.
Polish women again donned black and took to the streets on Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation’s conservative leaders, bolstered by Poland’s Catholic traditions, to tighten an already restrictive abortion law.
After Polish lawmakers rejected a total abortion ban that would have imposed criminal penalties on women and doctors, the country’s bishops are vowing to continue the press for tighter abortion controls, saying human life has such value that “it shouldn’t be the object of political bargains.”
After both politicians and Catholic bishops had distanced themselves from the measure and women had taken to the streets to protest, Polish lawmakers on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to reject a bill that would have imposed a total ban on abortion.