Polish gov’t tries to calm mass outrage at abortion proposal

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By VANESSA GERA
Oct. 4, 2016 1:23 PM EDT, The Big Story

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government struggled Tuesday to deal with the fallout from massive street protests by women furious at a legislative proposal to impose a total ban on abortion — and gave signals that it would withhold its support from the deeply divisive measure.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski denounced the protests — which involved tens if not hundreds of thousands across the nation — as "marginal" and "a mockery of important issues."

But when that triggered outrage among female opposition lawmakers, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo attempted to calm the waters, saying she did not approve of Waszczykowski's comments and that her government is not actively engaged in an attempt to further restrict the current law, which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

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