Polish government signals U-turn on total abortion ban

Minister says women’s protests ‘taught us humility’ and conservative leadership will withdraw support for controversial move

Associated Press in Warsaw

Wednesday 5 October 2016 14.18 BST, The Guardian

A proposed total abortion ban in Poland will not be implemented, a member of the government has said, describing mass protests against the ban as a lesson in humility for the country’s leadership.

Jarosław Gowin, the minister of science and higher education, said on Wednesday that the protests by women had “caused us to think and taught us humility”.

The comments appear to indicate that Poland’s conservative leadership will withhold support from the highly unpopular proposal to ban abortions even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk.

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Source: The Guardian