Poland abortion: Deputy PM backs away from ban

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Oct 5, 2016, BBC

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin has said proposals put before parliament for a near-total ban on abortion will not be implemented.

A citizens' bill backed by the Catholic Church aims to ban all abortions except if the mother's life is at risk.

State-run radio quoted Mr Gowin as saying that a nationwide protest on Monday against the proposals had given the government "food for thought".

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has also distanced the government from the bill.

"I want to state very clearly that the PiS (Law and Justice) government is not working on any legislation changing the rules on abortion in Poland," Ms Szydlo told a news conference on Tuesday.

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Source: BBC.com