Polish Premier Calls for Calm as Protests Over Abortion Rage On

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    Poland’s prime minister urged for calm amid escalating street protests triggered by a ruling from the country’s top court that practically bans abortion. Tens of thousands of protesters blocked roads on Monday, a show of strength that halted traffic in major Polish cities. The move marked a new high in terms of civil disobedience against the five-year rule of the nationalist Law & Justice party. Last week, the Constitutional Tribunal tightened what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminating pregnancies, ruling on a case brought forward by ruling-party lawmakers and their allies. The verdict means Polish women can’t get abortions, even when the fetus doesn’t stand a chance to live outside the womb. Speaking about the public outcry for the first time on Tuesday, Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said that the government seeks to “approach all situations with great care” and “help women and children so that they can develop normally.” He called on protesters to stop their “barbarism” after some disrupted church services. “What’s happening in the public space — the acts of aggression, vandalism, attacks on churches is unacceptable,” Morawiecki told a news conference in Warsaw. “This aggression may lead to an escalation. I appeal for refrain.”

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